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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.

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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
TedWilson added age 58 Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only ...more

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Hayley Galvin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
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Mathew Helm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 37 Mathew Helm 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 round and the ...more

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Tom Daley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 23 Thomas Robert "Tom" Daley is an English diver and television personality. Daley specialises in the 10 metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event ...more

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Chen Ruolin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 25 Chen Ruolin is a Chinese diver. She won the gold medals in the women's 10m platform and 10m synchronized platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for Team China, then duplicated the ...more

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David Boudia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 28 David Alasdair Boudia is an American diver. He won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform diving competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Laura Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 40 Laura Ann Wilkinson is a former American diver and Olympic gold medalist.

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Melissa Wu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 25 Melissa Paige Wu is an Australian diver and silver medal winner at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She is an Australian ...more

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Matthew Mitcham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 30 Matthew John Mitcham OAM is an Australian diver. He is the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10 m platform, having received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history. He is the first ...more

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Wang Xin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 25 Wang Xin; birth name Wang Ruoxue, born August 11, 1992 in Wuhan, Hubei) is a Chinese athlete who competes in diving. She initially trained at Tsinghua University with controversial diving coach ...more

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Jennifer Abel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Jennifer Abel age 26 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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Alexandre Despatie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 32 Alexandre Despatie 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 far only, diver to ...more

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Kelci Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Kelci Bryant age 26 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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Sam Hall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Died at 77 (1937-2014) Samuel "Sam" Wesley Hall was an American Olympic silver medalist diver and member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, where his father Dave was mayor. ...more

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Robert Newbery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 39 Robert Frederick Newbery is an Australian diver, who won a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics and two bronze medals in the 2004 Summer Olympics, one with synchronised springboard diving ...more

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Hu Jia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 35 Hu Jia 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 place at the end of the preliminary round, and fourth place ...more

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Alexandra Croak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Alexandra Croak age 33 Alexandra Croak is an Australian diver and gymnast who is a dual Olympic representative. She represented Australia as a gymnast at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and after a strong ...more

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Scott Robertson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Scott Robertson age 30 Scott Robertson is an Australian diver. He has been named Male Diver of the Year at the 2007 Australian Open Diving Championships and has placed in the top ten of several international events. ...more

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Huo Liang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Huo Liang age 28 Huo Liang is a Chinese athlete who competes in diving. In addition to his gold medal in the 10m Platform Sync. event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, he dove for 10m Platform event, placing 4th in ...more

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Birte Christoffersen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 94 Birte Christoffersen, later Hanson, later Ekberg, is a Danish and later Swedish diver who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics, in the 1956 Summer Olympics, and in the 1960 Summer Olympics. She ...more

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Juan Botella is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 76 Juan Botella Medina 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 men's springboard

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Joaquín Capilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Died at 82 (1928-2010) Joaquín Capilla Pérez, born in Mexico City, was a Mexican diver. He won the bronze medal in the platform diving event at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England, the silver medal ...more

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Chantelle Newbery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 40 Chantelle Lee Newbery is an Australian diver, and olympic champion. Her first international success was at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth, Australia, where she won a bronze medal ...more

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Reuben Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Reuben Ross age 32 Reuben Ross is a Canadian diver. He has won gold on the men's 3m or 3m synchro events at the Canadian Nationals every year since 2008. He competed in the individual 3m springboard and 10m ...more

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Michele Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 56 Michele Anne Mitchell is a former diver from the United States. She is a two-time Olympic medalist on the 10-meter platform, winning silver in 1984 and 1988. In 1988 she was inducted into the ...more

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Meaghan Benfeito is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Meaghan Benfeito age 29 Meaghan Benfeito is a Canadian diver. She competes in the 10m synchronized event with Roseline Filion. Benfeito and Filion won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the 10 m ...more

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Qin Kai is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 32 Qin Kai is a Chinese athlete who competes in diving. He competed for Team China at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. At the 2001 World Junior Championships, he won the gold on the 3m ...more

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Troy Dumais is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 38 Troy Matthew Dumais is a competitive diver from California. Dumais has represented the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games, 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2008 Olympic Games, and 2012 Olympic ...more

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Blythe Hartley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 35 Blythe Hartley is a Canadian Olympic diver. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta and began diving at age 12.

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Chris Colwill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 33 Chris Colwill is an American international diver from Tampa, Florida. Colwill graduated from Tampa Preparatory School in 2003 and dove for the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia under dive ...more

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Arturo Miranda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Arturo Miranda age 47 Arturo Miranda is a Canadian national team diving coach and former Canadian diver. Miranda coaches Olympians Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion, and Jennifer Abel at the Pointe-Claire Diving Club ...more

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Mary Beth Dunnichay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Mary Beth Dunnichay age 25 Mary Beth Dunnichay is an American platform diver. Her older brother Caleb is also a competitive diver for Auburn University. She was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in both the 10-meter ...more

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George Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
George Sheldon Died at 33 (1874-1907) George Herbert Sheldon was an American diver who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics. Sheldon was an eye doctor from St. Louis, MO. In the 1904 Olympics he won the gold medal in platform ...more

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Tatiana Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Tatiana Ortiz age 34 Tatiana Ortiz Galicia is an athlete from Mexico. She competes in diving and represented Mexico at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she won a bronze medal in the 10m Synchronized ...more

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Heike Fischer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 35 Heike Fischer is a German diver. She and Ditte Kotzian won bronze for Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard. She and Kotzian had previously won a silver ...more

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Paola Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Paola Espinosa age 31 Paola Milagros Espinosa Sánchez is an athlete from Mexico. She competes in diving and represented Mexico at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and again at the 2008 Summer Olympics in ...more

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Ariel Rittenhouse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Ariel Rittenhouse age 25 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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Lin Yue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Lin Yue age 26 Lin Yue; born July 24, 1991 in Chaozhou, Guangdong is a Chinese athlete who competes in diving. He competed for Team China in Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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Émilie Heymans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 36 Émilie-Joane Heymans 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 bronze and two ...more

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Yelena Miroshina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Died at 21 (1974-1995) Yelena Miroshina was a female diver from Russia, best known for twice winning the gold medal at the European Championships in the women's 10 m platform. Miroshina competed in two consecutive ...more

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Briony Cole is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 35 Briony Cole is an Australian diver who won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, silver and bronze medals at the 2007 World Championships and a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, ...more

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Stefanie Clausen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Died at 81 (1900-1981) Anna Stefanie Nanna Fryland Clausen was a Danish diver who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics. In 1920 she won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform competition.

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Ditte Kotzian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 39 Ditte Kotzian is a German diver. She and Heike Fischer won bronze for Diving at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard. She had competed in the two previous Olympics ...more

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Marie-Eve Marleau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Marie-Eve Marleau age 36 Marie-Ève Marleau is a Canadian Olympic diver from Laval, Quebec. She was born Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

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Haley Ishimatsu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Haley Ishimatsu age 25 Haley Ishimatsu is an American platform diver.

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Patrick Hausding is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 29 Patrick Hausding 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.

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Roseline Filion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Roseline Filion age 30 Roseline Filion is a Canadian diver. She competes in the 10 m synchronized event with Meaghan Benfeito. Filion won a bronze medal in the 10 m platform synchro event at the 2012 Summer Olympics ...more

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Esther Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
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Anna Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
age 36 Anna Lindberg is a Swedish diver. She won the 1m and 3m Springboard events at the 2006 European Aquatics Championships. She is daughter to former Swedish divers Ulrika Knape and Mathz Lindberg. ...more

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Dmitriy Dobroskok is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving
Dmitriy Dobroskok age 34 Dmitriy Mikhailovich Dobroskok is a Russian diver. Competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics, he won a bronze medal in the men's synchronized 10 metre platform with teammate Gleb Galperin. He also ...more