Cynthia Potter… the Best Diver of All Time?

Posted: February 10, 2013 by srcrone in IU Women's Sports
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According to Indiana University Hall of Fame,  Cynthia Potter is “considered by many to be the best diver of all time.

At Indiana, she was a Big Ten Champion in the One-Meter and Three Meter diving, and 400 Freestyle Relay during the 1972 season. She also was received Varsity Letters in 1970, 71, and 72.  Cynthia was finally inducted into the Indiana University Hall of Fame in 1989.

Potter wasn’t only a legend in Indiana; she also made her name known internationally.  She participated in four different Olympics:

  • 1968 – Platform Alternate
  • 1972 – Three-Meter 7th, Platform 21st
  • 1976 – Three-Meter Bronze
  • 1980 – Boycott

During this span of 12 years, Potter racked up 28 National Championships breaking the record at the time.  Cynthia Potter ended her diving career by being inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Cynthia Potter continued following Diving throughout her professional career.  She spent a few years as College Diving Coaches as well as a commentator for television.  Most recently, she covered the 2008 & 2012 Diving Competition at the Summer Olympics.

So is she the best diver of all time like the IU Hall of Fame suggested?  No she is not.  I don’t dispute she was a good diver in her time; in her time is the key word here.  I believe there are a lot better divers now because of the updated coaching methods and equipment.


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