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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 17, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 13

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OLYMPIC GAME CHAMPION HAS BEEN WATER
EXPERT SINCE SHE WAS SIX
Greta Johansen, the champion
diver, is shown ready for one of her
famous dives.
Berkeley, Cal. Though she is
only 19 years of age, Greta Johan
sen, formerly of Stockholm, Sweden,
and now a resident of Berkeley, is
the champion diver of the world,
having won the Olympic games
medal which was awarded in "Stock
holm in 1912.
The youthful diver recommends
that the American girls learn ' the
art of swimming before they reach
the age of maturity. To-obtain grace.
and beauty she suggests swimming
and declares that there is no sport
as beneficial.
The successful swimming of Miss
Johansen is due to her confidence.
She is fearless. Five minutes be
fpre diving she stands firmly on the
plank and stretching her arms di
rectly in front of her, she gains
poise and with full confidence she
drops. While in the water she uses
the breast stroke, the trudgeon and
the crawling movements with ease
and speed. Each stroke is distinct
from the other.
At the age of 6 years she received
her first swimming lessons on a piano
stool in her mother's parlor. Ever
since she has practiced the diver's
art and now she is not only the cham
pion diver of the world, but she is
also the possessor of 65 silver cups
and medals.
In her champion diving exhibition
at Stockholm she used the "swan
dive," which is unknown in the west.
It is a standing dive, the back is hol
low and the arms are in horizontal
position, the feet are close together,
and she retains her position through
out the dive. Every action is scien
tific as well as graceful.
E. E. Bechard of Lewiston has suc
ceeded in producing a seedless apple.
What looks like two folded leaves
generates this apple, for the trees do
.not blossom,
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