On Saturday May 23rd, from 6.00-6.45pm, the City of Fort Lauderdale will recognize 4 Fort Lauderdale icons for their lifelong accomplishments with their induction into the City’s Walk of Fame. ISHOF Honor Coach Ron O’Brien is one of the distinguished inductees and his stone will be placed in the city’s Walk of Fame along the boardwalk. We invite all of our former divers, fellow coaches and friends to join in the festivities via live stream. We hope you will join us. Please click here to watch the event live tomorrow at 6.00pm
Diving Coach Ron O’Brien has had a long and distinguished career coaching eight United States Olympic teams and training numerous Olympic Medalists and World Champions at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex from 1990 to 2006. O’Brien produced a United States National Champion in 25 of his 30 years as a diving coach and had a National Champion for 24 consecutive years from 1973 through 1996. In the 1988 Olympic Games, O’Brien coached Greg Louganis to his second double gold medal performance in the springboard and platform events, making Louganis the only man to accomplish back-to-back double gold medals in Olympic diving history. In 1986, all 12 United States Diving individual National Titles were won by divers coached by Ron O’Brien. In 1984, O’Brien’s team of divers made history when the United States swept all four gold medals at the World Championships, the only time this feat has ever been accomplished and the first time since 1952 that any country had ever swept a major international world class event.
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