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Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Diving
Olympic Games
Gold London 1948 Springboard
Silver London 1948 Platform

Bruce Harlan (January 2, 1926 – June 22, 1959) was a diver from the United States and Olympic champion. He represented his native country at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where he received one gold medal and one silver medal.[1]

Harlan was a high school wrestler and pole vaulter in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Harlan coached diving at the University of Michigan from 1954 to 1959.[2] On June 21, 1959 he took part in a diving exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut. While helping to dismantle the scaffolding of the diving tower, Harlan fell 27 feet to his death.[3]

Harlan was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973.[2]


  1. ^ "1948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom – Diving" (Retrieved on April 18, 2008)
  2. ^ a b "ISHOF – Bruce Harlan (USA) – 1973 Honor Diver" (Retrieved on August 8, 2008)
  3. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2004). The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics, Toronto: Sport Classic Books. ISBN 1-894963-34-2


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