Cynthia Potter: Why I Am One in a Thousand!

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Photo Courtesy: ISHOF Archives

Cynthia Potter, 1987 ISHOF Honoree and 28-time National Champion as a Diver is special. She is One in a Thousand!

When asked why she wanted to join the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s One in A Thousand Club, Potter said, “The Hall of Fame is so special and important to all of us. We have a history we must preserve and there is only one ISHOF. For me personally, I am now among incredible individuals that are part of aquatic history, thanks to ISHOF. The Hall of Fame is the one gift that keeps on giving. Through ISHOF I have created lifelong friendships, that I will treasure forever.”

Join the One in a Thousand Club by helping ISHOF on a monthly or one-time basis.

ONE IN THOUSAND

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CYNTHIA POTTER

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Cynthia Potter standing on the #1 at a meet in Fort Lauderdale in the 1970’s. Photo Courtesy: ISHOF Archives

  • OLYMPIC GAMES: Member of the U.S. Olympic Diving Team 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980; 1976 bronze (springboard)
  • AAU NATIONALS (28):
    • Outdoor (1m 1968 through 1976, 1978; 3m 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976; platform
      1970, 1971)
    • Indoor (1m 1969 through 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979; 3m 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977)
  • WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1978 silver (springboard)
  • PAN AMERICAN GAMES: 1975 bronze (springboard)
  • WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: 1970 gold (springboard), silver (platform)
  • World Diver of the Year: 1970, 1971, 1977
  • Lawrence J. Johnson Award for the Outstanding U.S. Female Diver in 1973.

In the sport of women’s diving long dominated by U.S. divers, Cynthia Potter won 28 nationals to become the most winning U.S. woman diver in the sport. She also won 20 gold medals in world competition. She was voted World Diver of the Year three times. She was a member of four Olympic Teams, 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 and won bronze on the 3-meter springboard in 1976.

Weighing less than 100 pounds, this diminutive dynamo competed in diving for the USA a record 20 years both on springboard and tower. Since hanging up her suit, she has coached diving at SMU and Arizona, been a successful model, lecturer and has acted as ABC-TV and Mutual Radio commentator at a variety of events including the 1984 Olympic Games.  A graduate of Indiana University, she dove for Hall of Fame Coach Hobie Billingsley.

Cynthia Potter goes down in history as one of our most durable of lady divers and now, she is “One in A Thousand.”

ONE IN THOUSAND

The International Swimming Hall of Fame wants to know if you are one in a thousand?  We think you are!  Show how special you are and become a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s “One In A Thousand” Club.  Help keep the International Swimming Hall of Fame moving forward toward a new vision and museum by joining now!

During these unprecedented times, the ISHOF Board is calling on every member in the aquatic community to make a small monthly commitment of support to show how special you are and how special the International Swimming Hall of Fame is to everyone.

Our goal is simple. If we get 1,000 people to simply commit $10, $25 or $50 per month, we will generate enough revenue to go beyond this Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis.” – Bill Kent – Chairman of the ISHOF Board

Those that believe in our vision, mission, and goals can join us in taking ISHOF into the future and be a part of aquatic history.”  – Brent Rutemiller – CEO and President of ISHOF

Since 1965, ISHOF has been the global focal point for recording and sharing the history of aquatics, promoting swimming as an essential life-skill, and developing educational programs and events related to water sports. ISHOF’s vision for the future is to build a new museum and expand its reach by offering its museum artifacts digitally through a redesigned website.

The ISHOF Board of Directors is calling on all members of the aquatics community to make a small monthly commitment to show their dedication to aquatics and how special the International Swimming Hall of Fame is to everyone.

About ISHOF   

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The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) museum opened its doors to the public in December of 1968 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That same year, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) – the governing body for Olympic aquatic sports – designated the ISHOF museum as the “Official Repository for Aquatic History”.   In 2018, Sports Publications Inc, publisher of Swimming World Magazine and its multi-media platforms, merged with ISHOF to expand the museum’s reach and impact.  Today, ISHOF’s vision is to be the global focal point for recording and sharing the history of aquatics, promoting swimming as an essential life-skill, and developing educational programs and events related to water sports.  Show your support for the sport of swimming by becoming a member of ISHOF.

ISHOF Vision Statement
To be the global focal point for recording and sharing the history of aquatics, promoting swimming as an essential life-skill, and developing educational programs and events related to water sports.

ISHOF Mission Statement
To collaborate with aquatic organizations worldwide to preserve, educate and celebrate history, showcase events, share cultures, and increase participation in aquatic sports.

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Architectural rendition of Hall of Fame Aquatic Center that is currently under renovation.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Florida. Contributions to ISHOF are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. ISHOF’s tax identification number is 59-1087179. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR FROM THE WEBSITE, www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. You can find out more about us on guidestar.org under International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc.

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