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The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving

Updated June 14, 2019 2.6k votes 479 voters 15.7k 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.

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    Tom Daley

    Age: 26

    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 platform event and is a double World champion in the event; he won the 2009 FINA World Championship in the...  more

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    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 activist, and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and...  more

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    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 diver and trampolinist. As a diver, he is the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10 m platform, having received...  more

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    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 the 10 metre platform diving competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the bronze medal in the same...  more
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    Hu Jia

    Age: 37

    Olympic CountryChina

    Date Of Birth1983-01-10

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityChina

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

    Olympic Medalist Games2000 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver 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 was in sixth...  more
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    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 December 1992) is a female diver, she won the champion of synchronized 10 metre platform diving with her...  more
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    Meaghan Benfeito

    Age: 31

    Date Of Birth1989-03-02

    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 won...  more
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    Ariel Rittenhouse

    Age: 25

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

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

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Games Participant2008 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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    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 medalist diver and member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, where his...  more
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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, he won a silver medal in the men's synchronized 10 metre platform with teammate Sascha Klein. At the...  more
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    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 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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    Hayley Galvin

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    Qin Kai

    Age: 34

    Olympic CountryChina

    Date Of Birth1986-01-31

    Place Of BirthShanxi,China,Earth,Asia

    Olympic SportDiving

    NationalityChina

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

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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 Summer Olympics...  more
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    Roseline Filion

    Age: 33

    Date Of Birth1987-07-03

    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 synchro...  more
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    Huo Liang

    Age: 30

    Date Of Birth1989-09-29

    Place Of BirthShanghai,China,Earth,Asia

    Huo Liang (Chinese: 火亮; pinyin: Huǒ Liàng; born September 29, 1989, in Shanghai) is a Chinese athlete who competes in diving. In addition to his gold medal in the 10m Platform Sync. event at the 2008...  more
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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. Competing in the 3 m springboard he won a bronze medal at the 1963 Pan American Games and a gold at the...  more
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    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, Belgium and raised in Greenfield Park, a suburb of Montreal. Heymans has won four Olympic medals, two...  more
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    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 Olympic gold medalist....  more
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    Date Of Birth1980-01-21

    Place Of BirthVentura,United States of America,California,Ventura County

    Troy Matthew Dumais (born January 21, 1980) is an American competitive diver from California. Dumais has represented the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2008...  more
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    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 Ware for synchronized diving. An Olympic bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, she is the reigning...  more
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    Sascha Klein

    Age: 35

    Date Of Birth1985-09-12

    Place Of BirthEschweiler,Germany,Aachen,Europe,Western Europe

    NationalityGermany

    Sascha Klein (born 12 September 1985) 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 Patrick Hausding. At...  more
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    Mary Beth Dunnichay

    Age: 27

    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. Her older brother Caleb is also a competitive diver for Auburn University. She was named to the 2008...  more
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    Haley Ishimatsu

    Age: 28

    Date Of Birth1992-09-10

    Place Of BirthBellflower,United States of America,California,Los Angeles County

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Haley Ishimatsu (born September 10, 1992 in Bellflower, California) is an American platform diver....  more
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    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 City. He competed for Mexico at the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, where he won the bronze medal in the...  more
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    Lin Yue

    Age: 29

    Date Of Birth1991-07-24

    Place Of BirthChaozhou,China,Guangdong Province,Earth,Asia

    Lin Yue (simplified Chinese: 林跃; traditional Chinese: 林躍; pinyin: Lín Yuè); born July 24, 1991 in Chaozhou, Guangdong) is a Chinese diver and a double Olympic gold medal winner. He competed for Team...  more