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People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 November 1985
167 cm
53 kg
Shanghai, CHN
Higher education
Business Management - Renmin University of China: Beijing, CHN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving in 1991 in Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Why this sport?
She was noticed by a diving coach because of her physique when they were selecting athletes in her kindergarten.

General Interest

Sister Xia, Glass Beauty (, 18 Jul 2014;, 19 Aug 2013)
Reading, listening to music. (, 28 Aug 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. (, 20 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Chinese diver Guo Jingjing. (, 05 Jan 2013)
Hero / Idol
Chinese diver Fu Mingxia, Canadian diver Jennifer Abel. (, 14 Mar 2014;, 23 Mar 2013)
An injury she sustained during training meant she was unable to compete at the 2013 National Games in the People's Republic of China. (, 18 Aug 2013)

She was troubled by a waist injury at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 28 Aug 2014)

She injured her lower back, her foot and her waist during training in 2007. (, 23 Jul 2013; Athlete, 19 Feb 2008)

She has congenital hemolytic anaemia, which can result in shortness of breath and fatigue. (, 02 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The road map of life depends on the choices you make with your heart. What kind of route depends on yourself." (, 10 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Diver of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA] in 2011 and 2012. (FINA, 04 Jan 2013;, 09 Dec 2011)
Other information
She announced her retirement from the sport in December 2016. (, 18 Dec 2016)

She became the most successful Olympic female diver when she claimed gold in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. That result was her seventh Olympic medal, breaking the record for most medals by a female diver that she had previously held with fellow Chinese diver Guo Jingjing. She also set the record for most gold medals by any Olympic diver, claiming her fifth gold medal in Rio de Janeiro [a record later tied by Chinese diver Chen Ruolin, also in Rio de Janeiro]. At age 31, she also became the oldest female diver to win an Olympic gold medal. (, 07 Aug 2016;, 10 Aug 2016)

After she won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, her parents finally revealed the news of her grandparents' death, which had happened over a year earlier, as well as her mother's eight-year battle with breast cancer. Her parents had kept the news from her because they did not want to affect her performances. (, 06 Aug 2012)

At age 10 she was diagnosed with beriberi, a condition caused by a lack of vitamin B1 that can affect the cardiovascular or nervous system. It took her around two years to fully recover. (, 10 Aug 2012)