Louis Balbach

Louis James Balbach (May 23, 1896 – October 11, 1943) was an American diver who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics.[1]

Olympic medal record
Men's Diving
Bronze medal – third place 1920 Antwerp 3 m springboard

He was born in San Jose, California, the son of Louis Augusta Balbach (1868-1908) and Nettie Viola (Bonar) Balbach (1873-1958), and grandson of pioneer John Balbach. Louis died in Portland, Oregon. Louis James Balbach was a well known swimmer and diver in the Portland area, doing well in many competitions. He won an athletic scholarship to Columbia College (of Columbia University, New York), with whose team he went to the Olympics. He graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Arts.[2]

In 1920 he won the bronze medal in the 3 m springboard competition. In the 10 metre platform event he finished sixth.


  1. ^ "Louis Balbach". Olympedia. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  2. ^ Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Columbia College, for the Year 1920-1921. Columbia University. 1921. p. 277.

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