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Aileen Riggin (Soule)

(1906-2002) ~ Inducted 2004

Aileen Riggin (Soule), 1906-2002, won the gold medal in the three-meter springboard diving competition in the 1924 Antwerp Games and finished fifth in the platform dive. The 14-year-old Riggin of Newport was 4'7" tall and weighed only 65 pounds in 1920. At the Paris Olympics in 1924, Riggin won a silver medal in springboard diving and a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke.

In her post Olympic career Riggin appeared in a Holywood movie and starred in Billy Rose's first Aquacade. She also became one of America's first women sportswriters. At age 85 she broke six world swimming records for her age group in the World Masters swimming championship.


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