The ABC diving color commentator for the entire men’s and women’s diving competition at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics was Cynthia Ann Potter….who was also a former American Olympic diver. She was a member of three Olympic diving teams, winning a bronze medal in the 1976 women’s 3-meter springboard competition…..and was an 11-time All-American….having won a record 28 national diving championships. She was the U.S. outdoor champion in the 1-meter springboard from 1968 through 1977. Potter was the 3-meter springboard champion in 1971 and 1972 and from 1975 through 1977….while taking first in the platform competition in 1970 and 1971. Indoors….as she also won 1-meter springboard titles from 1969 through 1973 and in 1976 and 1977….and winning the 3-meter in 1969, 1970, and 1973. Additionally, Potter was chosen as World Diver of the year in springboard competition in 1970, 1971 and 1972.
Potter was a member of the 1968, 1972 and 1976 U.S. Olympic diving teams. She was selected to the 1980 U.S. Olympic diving team, but due to the U.S. boycott of the games that year, Potter was unable to compete. In 1972, she placed seventh on the 3-meter springboard and 21st in the 10-meter platform partially due to a foot injury, and in 1976 Potter claimed a bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard.
In other international competition, Potter won a gold in the 3-meter springboard and a silver in the 10-meter platform at the 1970 World University Games….a bronze in the 3-meter springboard at the 1975 Pan American Games….and a silver in the 3-meter springboard at the 1978 World Championships. In 1987, Potter was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.