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The Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Distinguished Speaker Series
March 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Frank Gorman, Olympic Silver Medalist
While we all enjoy Olympic stories that celebrate the triumph of the American spirit, it’s those athletes who refuse to yield to disappointment who have much more to teach us. Frank Gorman, who turned 80 last Veteran’s Day, has graciously agreed to share his Olympic story with us.
The Harvard grad would just miss the cut for the 1960 Olympics in Rome. As USN Lt. Frank Gorman, though, he would coach navy divers until 1964, when he would earn a ticket to compete in Tokyo.
Those in the know believed Gorman to be the very best the US had to offer. In fact, he was totally expected to best his 19-year-old American teammate Kenneth Sitzberger in the men’s three-meter springboard. But that was not to be.
After an unfortunate tenth dive, Gorman would end up bringing home the silver while Sitzberger grabbed the gold.
Yet Gorman didn’t spend long nursing his disappointment. He would agree to judge the 1968 Mexico City games, the World Championships, the Pan American Games, and other high diving and cliff diving competitions.
One of the most active members in the US Diving community, Frank Gorman would eventually be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in June 2016. In addition, Gorman would remain an active member of USA Diving and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Of the Harvard Olympians, Gorman is the only alum with a diving medal. In November 2010, when Gorman returned to Harvard to honor 80 years of NCAA competition in swimming and diving, he would present his silver medal to the team.
Gorman would initially do well in the investment business and then in the field of telecommunications. Now retired, Frank and his wife Patty, who love their condo in Port Hueneme, swim every day.