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July 15, 1989 | THOMAS BECHER, Times Staff Writer
One medal lies flat in the palm of the hand, its engraving slightly eroded by time. The other is round, the size of a Christmas ornament. Viola Krahn of Laguna Hills won them both. Sixty-two years apart. The first medal came in 1923 at a swimming meet in Los Angeles. The other she won in 1985, competing in the over-80 age group at a diving competition in Toronto. And next week, the 87-year-old Krahn leaves for Denmark for another competition.
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June 2, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Viola Cady Krahn, the holder of 17 masters world diving titles and whose lifelong swimming and diving career earned her induction into a swimming hall of fame, died Tuesday. She was 102. Krahn, who competed in meets at age 101, died at a convalescent home in Orange after suffering a stroke in March, said her friend Margery Voyer Cole. Krahn had been a resident of Laguna Woods. Krahn's induction into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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July 5, 1992 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's run a history check to put Viola Krahn's athletic career in perspective. When Krahn first started swimming and diving competitively, Babe Ruth was turning the New York Yankees into a baseball dynasty. Jack Dempsey ruled boxing. American women had just been given voting rights. Movies were silent. The Roaring '20s were on their way, and Krahn was ready for the ride. Now 90, she's still going strong . . . and still diving.
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July 5, 1992 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Let's run a history check to put Viola Krahn's athletic career in perspective. When Krahn first started swimming and diving competitively, Babe Ruth was turning the New York Yankees into a baseball dynasty. Jack Dempsey ruled boxing. American women had just been given voting rights. Movies were silent. The Roaring '20s were on their way, and Krahn was ready for the ride. Now 90, she's still going strong . . . and still diving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Viola Cady Krahn, the holder of 17 masters world diving titles and whose lifelong swimming and diving career earned her induction into a swimming hall of fame, died Tuesday. She was 102. Krahn, who competed in meets at age 101, died at a convalescent home in Orange after suffering a stroke in March, said her friend Margery Voyer Cole. Krahn had been a resident of Laguna Woods. Krahn's induction into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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August 13, 1991 | HERBERT J. VIDA
Viola Krahn is nothing like the way she describes herself. "I think I'm kind of a boring person. I never add much to the life of a party," says Krahn, who lives in Leisure World in Laguna Hills. Well, Krahn may have slowed a little, but she's still going at a dazzling pace, having recently set a Masters competition world record score of 202.50 off the one-meter diving board in the recent Sun Life Masters International Meet in Edmonton, Canada.
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May 1, 1992 | SHAV GLICK
Viola Krahn was a winner on the three-meter diving board at the U.S. masters' indoor diving tournament last week. She had no competition. After all, she's 90, and there were no other contestants in her age group. "I'm only diving against my own record now," the Laguna Hills resident said. Her diving career began in 1920, when her family joined the Los Angeles Athletic Club. She won the junior national championships in 1922, 1923 and 1924, as well as some swimming championships.
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January 11, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Swimmer Viola Cady Krahn of Laguna Woods, who still competes at age 102, was inducted Saturday into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida. The selection of Krahn, holder of 17 masters world diving titles, was unusual not only because of her age but also because of her long diving and swimming career, which began more than 80 years ago. While on "The Tonight Show" at age 100, she donned a bathing suit and dived effortlessly into a pool. Friends say she's part dolphin.
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September 8, 1989 | Herbert J. Vida
Ralph Hanson, 65, will take a symbolic final ride down Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Saturday morning as he retires after driving turn-of-the-century vehicles for 26 years at the theme park. The Brea resident and retired junior high school science teacher calls himself "an ordinary guy" and figures that he has driven more than 100,000 miles down Main Street in his part-time job.
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September 7, 1986 | Herbert J. Vida
Beverly J. Mosier of Laguna Beach is enjoying a personal resurgence in doll collecting, thanks to her three daughters who left home and took their dolls with them, "and suddenly there were no dolls left for me," she said. To cure that, Mosier started making dolls and now has 300 of them, including a complete set of First Ladies gowned in exact replicas of the dresses they wore for the inauguration ball.
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July 15, 1989 | THOMAS BECHER, Times Staff Writer
One medal lies flat in the palm of the hand, its engraving slightly eroded by time. The other is round, the size of a Christmas ornament. Viola Krahn of Laguna Hills won them both. Sixty-two years apart. The first medal came in 1923 at a swimming meet in Los Angeles. The other she won in 1985, competing in the over-80 age group at a diving competition in Toronto. And next week, the 87-year-old Krahn leaves for Denmark for another competition.
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January 28, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The ego strokes keep coming for 101-year-old swimmer Viola Cady Krahn. She has demonstrated her signature dive on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." She once stood on the shoulders of the king of surfers, Duke Kahanamoku, as he rode the waves at Laguna Beach. And she learned last week that she is one of 15 people who will be inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in its inaugural year.
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July 14, 2002 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's supremely confident, strikingly beautiful--and the oldest American competitive diver who still takes the plunge, more than 80 years after she first took to the water. Viola Cady Krahn's fearless half-twist dives still sparkle as much as the medals and trophies she won eight decades ago, as a 21-year-old swimming and diving champ, a star in an emerging California beach culture.
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