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Jack
Laugher
Great BritainGreat Britain, GBR
Male
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
30 January 1995
Height
168 cm
Weight
72 kg
Residence
Leeds, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age seven.
Why this sport?
A lifeguard spotted him diving off the side of a pool and suggested that he try the sport.
Club / Team
City of Leeds Diving Club: England
Name of coach
Adam Smallwood [national]
Training Regime
He trains twice a day, six days a week.

International Debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Great Britain

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing video games, going out with friends. (dailymail.co.uk, 11 Aug 2016; jacklaugher.com, 28 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swlondoner.co.uk, 06 Feb 2017)
Hero / Idol
Chinese diver He Chong. (swimming.org, 02 Feb 2014)
Injuries
He suffered from an infection in early 2014 that affected his balance when diving. (ukbathrooms.com, 29 Jan 2014)

He competed with ankle and elbow injuries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and failed to make it past the preliminary stage. (sport.bt.com, 17 Jun 2016)

In 2009 he required surgery after breaking his arm during trampoline training. (telegraph.co.uk, 10 Jun 2012; telegraph.co.uk, 30 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never ever give up. Just give it your all." (search2014.co.uk, 21 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
He was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 Queen's New Year's Honours list. (swlondoner.co.uk, 06 Feb 2017)

He was named Young Sportsman of the Year at the 2013 Leeds Sports Awards in England. (yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, 14 Mar 2013)

He won the Junior Sports Achievement Award at the 2012 BBC North East Sports Awards. (jacklaugher.com, 25 Jun 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swlondoner.co.uk, 06 Feb 2017)
Other information
POST RIO BLUES
After winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he said he found it difficult to focus on diving in the following months. "It's talked about quite a lot, the post-Olympic blues. To actually win the Olympic Games was very difficult to deal with afterwards. I struggled and went down a bit. I lost my routine in what I was doing because I was taking time off and not seeing anyone or doing anything. Going from such a high, back down to normality is really difficult." (telegraph.co.uk, 13 Jul 2017)

NATIONAL FIRSTS
In 2016 he and diving partner Chris Mears won Great Britain's first Olympic gold medal in diving when they claimed victory in the 3m synchronised springboard event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He also became the first British diver to win two medals at a single Olympic Games after adding to his synchronised gold with a silver in the 3m individual springboard event. He also became the first British diver to be crowned world junior champion when he won gold in the 3m springboard at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. He also became the first British diver to win two medals at the same world championships when he claimed bronze in both the 3m individual and synchronised springboard events at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Feb 2016; telegraph.co.uk, 01 Aug 2015; teamgb.com, 12 Aug 2012; bbc.co.uk, 10 Aug 2016; theguardian.com, 17 Aug 2016)