Michele Anne Mitchell (born January 10, 1962 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a former diver from the United States….who is a two-time Olympic medalist on the 10-meter platform….having won silver in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and 1988 Seoul Games. She was inducted into the University of Arizona Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988….and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995. Formerly the longtime diving coach at her alma mater….she is the director of operations for the swimming and diving teams presently.
A four-time All-American at Arizona….Mitchell’s accomplishments also include 1986 Sullivan Award nominee….1989 Lawrence J. Johnson Award….2009 Phil Boggs Award….a nine-time U.S. national champion….a 1985 World FINA Cup champion…a 1987 Pan American Games champion…a four-time U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year honoree….and American record holder for platform diving with a score of 479.40 points for an eight-dive list. Can you say “highly decorated diver”!?!
Mitchell is also the most decorated diver in Arizona history. She serves the sport today by holding notable roles in the collegiate and world diving communities which includes be Chair, NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules Committee….and Chair, USA Diving, Committee for Competitive Excellence and Head Diving Coach, University of Arizona.
Mitchell has also shared her knowledge of the sport through television. Her television resume includes the 1992 Olympic Trials and Games….the 1994 and 1995 NCAA Women’s Championships….and the 1993 World University Games. During the summer of 1996, she anchored the in-stadium radio broadcasts for diving at the Olympic Games in Atlanta….and my favorite of all….was the bungee jump analyst for the ESPN X-Games.