Updated: 17/07/2012 09:17 | By pa.press.net

Diving's top female, Melbourne 1956



Patricia McCormick of USA (© centre)

Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.

The United States were a dominant force in Olympic diving in the 1950s and Patricia McCormick made history in 1956 when she became the first diver to win four gold medals at the Games.

After picking up her first double victory in Helsinki in 1952, McCormick was forced to spend some time away from the sport when she became pregnant.

However, she returned to compete at Melbourne 1956 just five months after the birth of her son and once again came away with two gold medals.

The feat remains just as impressive today, as it has only been matched by compatriot Greg Louganis among her male counterparts.

McCormick's diving genes were passed on to her daughter Kelly, who represented the United States at the 1984 and 1988 Games.

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Diving's top female, Melbourne 1956The United States were a dominant force in Olympic diving in the 1950s and Patricia McCormick made history in 1956 when she became the first diver to win four gold medals at the Games.pa.press.net2012-07-17T09:17:382012-07-17T09:17:38Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.The United States were a dominant force in Olympic diving in the 1950s and Patricia McCormick made history in 1956 when she became the first diver to win four gold medals at the Games.After picking up her first double victory in Helsinki in 1952, McCormick was forced to spend some time away from the sport when she became pregnant.However, she returned to compete at Melbourne 1956 just five months after the birth of her son and once again came away with two gold medals.The feat remains just as impressive today, as it has only been matched by compatriot Greg Louganis among her male counterparts.McCormick's diving genes were passed on to her daughter Kelly, who represented the United States at the 1984 and 1988 Games.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.Patricia McCormick of USA (centre) with her gold along with the other medallists in the women's 3m springboard event at the Summer Olympics Games in Helsinki in 1952.

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