Wendy Wyland VanDerWoude, who won the bronze medal in platform diving at the 1984 Summer Olympics, died on Sept. 27. Cause of death was not released. She was 38.
VanDerWoude began her diving training when she was 14 years old. Three years later, she won the gold medal in the 10-meter platform diving at the 1982 Quayaquil World Championships. At 18, VanDerWoude took home a gold medal in platform and a silver medal in the 3-meter springboard diving events at the 1983 Pan American Games. She finished third in the platform diving competition at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Shoulder injuries forced her to take off most of the 1985 season, but when she returned the following year, VanDerWoulde won a bronze medal at the World Championships. She retired from competitive diving in the early 1990s, and has been coaching the Rochester Institute of Technology diving team for the past year.
In 2001, VanDerWoude was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. People Magazine also named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.