MARJORIE GESTRING (USA)
1976 Honor Diver
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1936 gold (3m springboard); U.S. NATIONAL AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS: 8 (6 springboard; 2 tower). She was 13 years old when she won her gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
At age 13, Marjorie Gestring was our youngest Olympic gold medal winner ever in springboard diving at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. No one, except maybe Adolph Hitler who watched her win, could predict it would be her last. World War II robbed Gestring of her shots at the 1940 and 1944 Olympic titles. At age 26, her Olympic comeback try in 1948 fell short.