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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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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
stella morgan added Hayley Galvin

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Tom Daley is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Mathew Helm is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Laura Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Chen Ruolin is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Matthew Mitcham is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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David Boudia is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Jennifer Abel is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Wang Xin is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Kelci Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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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Mary Beth Dunnichay is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Birte Christoffersen is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Scott Robertson is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Ariel Rittenhouse is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Chantelle Newbery is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Alexandre Despatie is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Meaghan Benfeito is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Robert Newbery is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Blythe Hartley is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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Hu Jia is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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