1989 Honor Pioneer Diver
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1904 (high diving); First Olympic Diving
Against strong competition, he won the national AAU diving championship in New York in 1905 which included international divers and the first use of a diving rule book. However, illness prevented him from repeating those accomplishments. Dr. Sheldon died of heart problems two years later at age 33.
He put competitive diving on the map within the world's most influential sporting nation and established the concept that the total dive, not just the take-off and the air-borne portion, are a graded part of the competition.
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