SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Utah has had its fair share of Olympic representation.
Take, for example, Zach Lund, the skeleton skater from Salt Lake City who last participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
While these Olympians are just carving their names in the history of the Games, there is another Utahn who reached Olympic status decades ago.
The year was 1928. Soon-to-be 13-year-old Dorothy Poynton-Hill was en route to the Amsterdam Olympics after qualifying for the U.S. team at just 12-years-old.
During the games, she became the youngest U.S. Olympian to medal, earning silver for springboard diving, according to her biography from the Utah Women’s History.
Dorothy was born to English immigrant parents in Salt Lake City before moving to Los Angeles. After medaling in Amsterdam, Dorothy went on to win the gold medal in platform diving during the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Four years later, after becoming one of the first athletes to attend three consecutive Olympic games, Dorothy competed in the 1936 Games in Berlin. According to the Salt Lake City History archives, Dorothy brought home a gold in platform diving and a bronze in the springboard event.
Dorothy won at least one of every U.S. diving title during her career before teaching swimming and diving at her own “Dorothy Poynton Aquatic Club” in L.A., according to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Dorothy passed away in 1995, but is considered the most famous Olympian from the Beehive State, according to a new report.
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