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Jahir
Ocampo
MexicoMexico, MEX
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 January 1990
Height
180 cm
Residence
Mexico City, MEX
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Sports Marketing - University of the Valley of Mexico: Mexico City, MEX

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age five.
Why this sport?
His mother was advised to enrol him in diving at a swimming school in Mexico City, Mexico. He did not like it at the beginning but he later got hooked. "I always liked the extreme activities and the adrenaline. I never was scared of diving from the platform. I enjoy the thrill. I love trying new dives and techniques."
Club / Team
Mexico State: Mexico
Name of coach
Ma Jin [national], CHN
Training Regime
He trains up to seven hours a day, six days a week at both the Formation and Sport Development Centre [CEFORMA] and the National Sports Commission [CONADE] facilities in Mexico City, Mexico. "On a normal day I do around 120 and 150 dives. I also run, do bicycling, play tennis and practise box.

General Interest

Hobbies
Dancing, listening to music, practising yoga. (rmx.com.mx, 19 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (eluniversaldequeretaro.mx, 06 Jan 2020)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (YouTube, 17 Jan 2016)
Injuries
In 2018 he sustained a crack in the tibial plateau of one of his knees while taking part in a TV reality show in Mexico. (diariobasta.com, 18 Sep 2018)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Today is my moment." (Twitter profile, 05 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (eluniversaldequeretaro.mx, 06 Jan 2020)
Other information
FRESH START
He struggled with depression after not qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, due to a knee injury. He thought about quitting the sport and playing football, but the knee injury prevented him from making the switch. After not qualifying for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, the 2011 Pan American Games, and the 2012 Olympic Games, he moved from Guadalajara to Mexico City to start training with Chinese coach Ma Jin. "It was a radical change. In Guadalajara I did so much gym training but [coach Ma Jin] made me improve my technique. In the end, both ways of training helped me to become one of the best divers in the country." (elfinanciero.com.mx, 19 Sep 2017)

FURTHER STUDIES
He has studied for a master's degree in fashion design and marketing at Anahuac University in Mexico City, Mexico. (tabascohoy.com, 08 Nov 2016)

TATTOOS
He has several tattoos on his body, including the Olympic rings on his left side surrounded by a laurel wreath, and the word 'diving' inside the infinity symbol on his upper back. (reforma.com, 17 Apr 2017)

TV SHOW
In 2019 he took part in the Mexican TV reality show 'Exatlon' in which celebrities compete in a physical challenges contest. (elimparcial.com, 20 Sep 2019)

VEGAN
He says he has been in an alimentary regime in which he does not eat any meat, which has prevented him from keeping body strength. "I became a vegetarian when I was 15 years old but then decided to become a vegan so I could have a lighter body. The results of a nutrition full of vegetables are very good because I keep the strength in my body and I have lowered the fat. The goal is to become a perfect machine that can execute dives at a higher level. I consider nutrition as the most important thing in order to have a good performance. I eat almost no sugar, but instead fish and protein shakes." (qsnoticias.mx, 20 Dec 2019; Men's Health issuu.com, 22 Sep 2019)