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The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving 

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This is a list of the best diving Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous diving event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic diving Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list.

Only the greatest diving Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best diving athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with. This list contains athletes like Matthew Mitcham and Chantelle Newbery.

If you enjoyed this list of the best Olympic divers of all time, go ahead and check out this other list of countries with Olympic medals in speed skating.

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Tom Daley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 24

Olympic Country: United Kingdom

Date Of Birth: 1994-05-21

Place Of Birth: Plymouth, United Kingdom, England, Devon, South West England, + more

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United Kingdom

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Thomas Robert Daley (born 21 May 1994) is a British diver. He specialises in the 10-metre platform event and is a double World champion in the event; he won the 2009 FINA World Championship in ...more

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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
TedWilson added Age: 59

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1960-01-29

Place Of Birth: El Cajon, United States of America, California, San Diego County

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform, Diving at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard, Diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform, Diving at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard, Diving at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 10 metre platform, Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Games: 1988 Summer Olympics, 1976 Summer Olympics, 1984 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1984 Summer Olympics, 1976 Summer Olympics, 1988 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal

Gregory Efthimios Louganis (;born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver, LGBT activist, and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and ...more

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Matthew Mitcham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 30

Olympic Country: Australia

Date Of Birth: 1988-03-02

Place Of Birth: Brisbane, Australia, Queensland, Earth, Oceania, + more

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Australia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Matthew John Mitcham OAM (born 2 March 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland) is a retired Australian diver and trampolinist. As a diver, he is the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10 m platform, having ...more

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David Boudia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 29

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1989-04-24

Place Of Birth: Noblesville, United States of America, Indiana, Hamilton County

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

David Alasdair Boudia (born April 24, 1989) is an American diver. He won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform diving competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the bronze medal in the same ...more
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Laura Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 41

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1977-11-17

Place Of Birth: Spring, Texas, Harris County, United States of America

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Games: 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2000 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Laura Ann Wilkinson (born November 17, 1977 in Houston, Texas) is a former American diver and Olympic gold medalist.
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Chen Ruolin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 26

Olympic Country: China

Date Of Birth: 1992-12-12

Place Of Birth: Jiangsu, China, Earth, Asia

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: China

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Synchronised 10m Platform, Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's synchronized 10 metre platform, Women's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Chen Ruolin (simplified Chinese: 陈若琳; traditional Chinese: 陳若琳; pinyin: Chén Ruòlín; born 12 December 1992) is a female diver, she won the champion of synchronized 10 metre ...more
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Hayley Galvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
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Olympic Country: Australia

Date Of Birth: 23/03/2005

Place Of Birth: Australia

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Australian

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Mathew Helm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 38

Olympic Country: Australia

Date Of Birth: 1980-12-09

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Australia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform, Diving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's synchronized 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 10 metre platform, Men's synchronized 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal, Bronze medal

Mathew Helm (born 9 December 1980) is an Australian diver who won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's 10 metre platform. He was in first place at the end of the preliminary ...more
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Jennifer Abel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 27

Olympic Country: Canada

Date Of Birth: 1991-08-23

Place Of Birth: Montreal, Canada

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Canada

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard

Weight: 62

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Games: The London 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: The London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Jennifer Abel is a Canadian diver from Laval, Quebec. She is currently partnered with Pamela Ware for synchronized diving. An Olympic bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, she is the ...more
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Melissa Wu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 26

Olympic Country: Australia

Date Of Birth: 1992-05-03

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Australia

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Synchronised 10m Platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's synchronized 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Melissa Paige Wu (born 3 May 1992) is an Australian diver and silver medal winner at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Summer Olympics. She is an ...more
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Alexandre Despatie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 33

Olympic Country: Canada

Date Of Birth: 1985-06-08

Place Of Birth: Montreal, Canada, Québec, North America, Western Hemisphere, + more

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Canada

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard, Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard, Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

Weight: 76.0

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Alexandre Despatie (born June 8, 1985) is a Canadian diver and broadcaster from Laval, Quebec. He was the world champion at the 1 and 3 m springboards from 2005 to 2007 and is the first, and so ...more
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Wang Xin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 26

Olympic Country: China

Date Of Birth: 1992-08-11

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: China

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Synchronised 10m Platform, Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Women's synchronized 10 metre platform, Women's 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal

Wang Xin may refer to: Wang Xin (badminton) (born 1985), Chinese female badminton player Wang Xin (diver) (born 1992), Chinese female diver Wang Xin (artist) (born 1983), Chinese artist Wang Xin ...more
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Anna Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 37

Olympic Country: Sweden

Date Of Birth: 1981-11-16

Place Of Birth: Karlskoga, Sweden, Örebro County, Värmland, Karlskoga Municipality, + more

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Sweden

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Anna Lindberg (born November 16, 1981 in Karlskoga) is a former Swedish diver. She won the 1m and 3m Springboard events at the 2006 European Aquatics Championships. She is the daughter of former ...more
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Meaghan Benfeito is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Meaghan Benfeito Age: 29

Date Of Birth: 1989-03-02

Meaghan Benfeito (born March 2, 1989) is a Canadian diver. She used to compete in the 10m synchronized event with Roseline Filion before the latter retired in January 2017. Benfeito and Filion ...more
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Kelci Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Kelci Bryant Age: 26

Olympic Country: United States of America

Place Of Birth: Chatham, United States of America, Illinois, Sangamon County

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Kelci Bryant is an American diver. She competes in the 3 m synchronized springboard event. Bryant competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, placing fourth, and won a silver medal ...more
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Hu Jia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 36

Olympic Country: China

Date Of Birth: 1983-01-10

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: China

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform, Diving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform, Diving at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's synchronized 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 10 metre platform, Men's synchronized 10 metre platform

Olympic Medalist Games: 2000 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal, Gold medal

Hu Jia (Chinese: 胡佳; pinyin: Hú Jia; born January 10, 1983 in Wuhan, Hubei) is a male Chinese diver who won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's 10 metre platform. He ...more
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Sam Hall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Dec. at 77 (1937-2014)

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1937-03-10

Place Of Birth: Dayton, United States of America, Ohio, Montgomery County

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1960 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Games: 1960 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1960 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

Samuel "Sam" Wesley Hall (March 10, 1937 – August 11, 2014) was an American Olympic silver medalist diver and member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, ...more
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Patrick Hausding is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 29

Date Of Birth: 1989-03-09

Place Of Birth: Berlin, Germany, Neukölln, Europe, Western Europe, + more

Patrick Hausding (born 9 March 1989) is a German diver. Competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics, he won a silver medal in the men's synchronized 10 metre platform with teammate Sascha Klein. At ...more
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Scott Robertson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Scott Robertson Age: 31

Olympic Country: Australia

Date Of Birth: 1987-06-24

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Australia

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Scott Robertson (born 24 June 1987) is a former Australian Springboard and Platform diver. Scott began diving at Whitehorse Diving Club in Melbourne back in 1993. His coach Doug Walton coached ...more
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Ariel Rittenhouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Ariel Rittenhouse Age: 25

Olympic Country: United States of America

Place Of Birth: Santa Cruz, United States of America, California, Santa Cruz County, San Francisco Bay Area

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Ariel Rittenhouse is an American diving athlete. Rittenhouse won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Rittenhouse placed 4th in the ...more
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Chris Colwill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 34

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1984-09-11

Place Of Birth: Brandon, United States of America, Florida, Hillsborough County

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Chris Colwill (born September 11, 1984) is an American international diver from Tampa, Florida. Colwill graduated from Tampa Preparatory School in 2003 and dove for the University of Georgia in ...more
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Roseline Filion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Roseline Filion Age: 31

Date Of Birth: 1987-07-03

Roseline Filion (born July 3, 1987) is a Canadian diver. She competes in the 10 m synchronized event with Meaghan Benfeito. Filion has twice won an Olympic bronze medal in the 10 m platform ...more
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Juan Botella is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 77

Olympic Country: Mexico

Date Of Birth: 1941-07-04

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: Mexico

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1960 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Games: 1960 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1960 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal

Juan Botella Medina (4 July 1941 – 17 July 1970) was a Mexican diver. He was born in Mexico City. He competed for Mexico at the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, where he won the bronze medal ...more
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Kenneth Sitzberger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Dec. at 39 (1945-1984)

Olympic Country: United States of America

Date Of Birth: 1945-02-13

Place Of Birth: Cedar Rapids, United States of America, Iowa, Linn County

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Games: 1964 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 1964 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal

Kenneth Robert "Ken" Sitzberger (February 13, 1945 – January 2, 1984) was an American diver. Competing in the 3 m springboard he won a bronze medal at the 1963 Pan American Games and a ...more
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Qin Kai is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Age: 33

Olympic Country: China

Date Of Birth: 1986-01-31

Place Of Birth: Shanxi, China, Earth, Asia

Olympic Sport: Diving

Nationality: China

Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard, Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Event: Men's 3 metre springboard

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal

Qin Kai (simplified Chinese: 秦凯; traditional Chinese: 秦凱; pinyin: Qín Kǎi; born January 31, 1986) is a Chinese athlete who competes in diving. He competed for Team China at the 2008 ...more