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The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving

Updated June 14, 2019 2.8k votes 427 voters 14.0k views

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
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    Tom Daley

    Age: 24

    Olympic CountryUnited Kingdom

    Date Of Birth1994-05-21

    Place Of BirthPlymouth,United Kingdom,England,Devon,South West England

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Thomas Robert Daley (born 21 May 1994) is a British diver. He specialises in the 10-metre... more on Wikipedia

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    Greg Louganis
    143
    75

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1960-01-29

    Place Of BirthEl Cajon,United States of America,California,San Diego County

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1984 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Gregory Efthimios Louganis (;born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver, LGBT... more on Wikipedia
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    Matthew Mitcham
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    39

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1988-03-02

    Place Of BirthBrisbane,Australia,Queensland,Earth,Oceania

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Matthew John Mitcham OAM (born 2 March 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland) is a retired Australian... more on Wikipedia

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    Hayley Galvin

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    David Boudia
    50
    49

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1989-04-24

    Place Of BirthNoblesville,United States of America,Indiana,Hamilton County

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    David Alasdair Boudia (born April 24, 1989) is an American diver. He won the gold medal in... more on Wikipedia
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    Chen Ruolin
    46
    44

    Olympic CountryChina

    Date Of Birth1992-12-12

    Place Of BirthJiangsu,China,Earth,Asia

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityChina

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

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's synchronized 10 metre platform,Women's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Chen Ruolin (simplified Chinese: 陈若琳; traditional Chinese: 陳若琳; pinyin: Chén Ruòlín; born 12... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Scott Robertson
    27
    21

    Scott Robertson

    Age: 31

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1987-06-24

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Scott Robertson (born 24 June 1987) is a former Australian Springboard and Platform... more on Wikipedia
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    Laura Wilkinson
    42
    41

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1977-11-17

    Place Of BirthSpring,Texas,Harris County,United States of America

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2000 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Laura Ann Wilkinson (born November 17, 1977 in Houston, Texas) is a former American diver and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mathew Helm
    28
    25

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1980-12-09

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityAustralia

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 10 metre platform,Men's synchronized 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Bronze medal

    Mathew Helm (born 9 December 1980) is an Australian diver who won the silver medal at the 2004... more on Wikipedia
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    Chantelle Newbery

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1977-05-06

    Place Of BirthMelbourne,Australia,Victoria,Earth,Oceania

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform,Diving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 10 metre platform,Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Chantelle Lee Newbery (née Michell) (born 6 May 1977) is a former Australian diver and... more on Wikipedia
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    20

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1981-12-14

    Place Of BirthBrussels,Belgium,Earth,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityCanada

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's synchronized 10 metre platform,Diving at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's synchronized 10 metre platform,Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform

    Weight62.0

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's synchronized 10 metre platform,Women's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Émilie-Joane Heymans (born December 14, 1981) is a Canadian diver. She was born in Brussels,... more on Wikipedia
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    Jennifer Abel
    25
    25

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1991-08-23

    Place Of BirthMontreal, Canada

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityCanada

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

    Weight62

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's synchronized 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Jennifer Abel is a Canadian diver from Laval, Quebec. She is currently partnered with Pamela... more on Wikipedia
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    Melissa Wu
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    23

    Melissa Wu

    Age: 26

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1992-05-03

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityAustralia

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

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's synchronized 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Melissa Paige Wu (born 3 May 1992) is an Australian diver and silver medal winner at the 2007... more on Wikipedia
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    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1962-01-10

    Place Of BirthPhoenix,United States of America,Arizona,Maricopa County

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform,Diving at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Women's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1988 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Michele Mitchell may refer to: Michele Mitchell (diver) (born 1962), American diver Michele... more on Wikipedia
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    Anna Lindberg
    11
    13

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1981-11-16

    Place Of BirthKarlskoga,Sweden,Örebro County,Värmland,Karlskoga Municipality

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Anna Lindberg (born November 16, 1981 in Karlskoga) is a former Swedish diver. She won the 1m... more on Wikipedia
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    Alexandre Despatie

    Olympic CountryCanada

    Date Of Birth1985-06-08

    Place Of BirthMontreal,Canada,Québec,North America,Western Hemisphere

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityCanada

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving 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

    Weight76.0

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Alexandre Despatie (born June 8, 1985) is a Canadian diver and broadcaster from Laval, Quebec.... more on Wikipedia
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    Sharleen Stratton

    Age: 31

    Date Of Birth1987-10-09

    Sharleen Stratton (born 9 October 1987) is an Australian diver who won gold medals at the 2006... more on Wikipedia
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    Meaghan Benfeito

    Age: 29

    Date Of Birth1989-03-02

    Meaghan Benfeito (born March 2, 1989) is a Canadian diver. She used to compete in the 10m... more on Wikipedia
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    Wang Xin
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    Wang Xin

    Age: 26

    Olympic CountryChina

    Date Of Birth1992-08-11

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityChina

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

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's synchronized 10 metre platform,Women's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Wang Xin may refer to: Wang Xin (badminton) (born 1985), Chinese female badminton player Wang... more on Wikipedia
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    Chris Colwill
    11
    18

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1984-09-11

    Place Of BirthBrandon,United States of America,Florida,Hillsborough County

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Chris Colwill (born September 11, 1984) is an American international diver from Tampa,... more on Wikipedia
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    Sam Hall
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    Sam Hall

    Dec. at 77 (1937-2014)

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1937-03-10

    Place Of BirthDayton,United States of America,Ohio,Montgomery County

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 1960 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist Games1960 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1960 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Samuel "Sam" Wesley Hall (March 10, 1937 – August 11, 2014) was an American Olympic silver... more on Wikipedia
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    10
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    Date Of Birth1989-03-09

    Place Of BirthBerlin,Germany,Neukölln,Europe,Western Europe

    Patrick Hausding (born 9 March 1989) is a German diver. Competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics,... more on Wikipedia
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    15

    Olympic CountryMexico

    Date Of Birth1941-07-04

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityMexico

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 1960 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist Games1960 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1960 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Juan Botella Medina (4 July 1941 – 17 July 1970) was a Mexican diver. He was born in Mexico... more on Wikipedia
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    Kenneth Sitzberger
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    Kenneth Sitzberger

    Dec. at 39 (1945-1984)

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1945-02-13

    Place Of BirthCedar Rapids,United States of America,Iowa,Linn County

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist Games1964 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1964 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Kenneth Robert "Ken" Sitzberger (February 13, 1945 – January 2, 1984) was an American diver.... more on Wikipedia
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    Mary Beth Dunnichay
    9
    18

    Mary Beth Dunnichay

    Age: 25

    Date Of Birth1993-02-25

    Place Of BirthElwood,United States of America,Indiana,Madison County,Tipton County

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mary Beth Dunnichay (born February 25, 1993 in Elwood, Indiana) is an American platform diver.... more on Wikipedia