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Yuan
Cao
People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN
Male
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 February 1995
Height
167 cm
Residence
Beijing, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five in Beijing, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
His mother wanted him to learn self-discipline so she enrolled him in diving classes.
Club / Team
Beijing: China

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
China

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing piano, playing chess, watching football. (sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sports.cntv.cn, 13 Dec 2015; sports.sina.com.cn, 17 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Chinese diver Tian Liang. (yundongmi.com, 29 Mar 2013; sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)
Injuries
In 2017 several injuries, including to his forehead and ankle, disrupted his training and performance throughout the year. (sports.qq.com, 21 Jul 2017; sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)

Injuries to his hand and leg meant he was unable to compete at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (news.cnool.ne, 30 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go your own way and see your own scenery. Be calm about life's ups and downs." (ent.qq.com, 07 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Male Diver of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (globaltimes.cn, 02 Dec 2014)

In 2014 he received the May 4th Youth Medal from the city of Beijing in the People's Republic of China. (sports.qq.com, 05 May 2014)
Other information
INJURY-AFFECTED YEAR
A series of injuries in 2017 affected his training and performance in competition. "This year [2017] has had some low points, with several injuries. During winter training I hit my forehead and for several months after I could not train fully. There was little time for the [FINA] World Series, and I only trained for a month to prepare for the [2017] world championships in Budapest. After Budapest, I injured my ankle, which affected my singles diving. The same was true for the National Games [2017, in People's Republic of China], my recovery and training was rushed." (sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)

MUSICAL TALENT
He enjoys playing piano and in 2012 he played for over 1000 people attending a post-Olympic celebration party in People's Republic of China following the 2012 Games in London. (sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)