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Steven
LoBue
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
High diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
17 June 1985
Height
163 cm
Weight
61 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Lindsay, daughter Ellie [2016]
Residence
Cooper City, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Health Studies, Physical Education, Teaching - Purdue University: West Lafayette, IN, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age seven, and took up high diving in 2010.
Why this sport?
While he was working in the People's Republic of China he watched a live feed of a cliff diving event for the first time and was immediately interested. His friend told him there was to be an open audition to compete in Australia, so he sent a video and resume, and was invited to try out.
Club / Team
Dive LoBue: Cooper City, FL, USA

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (indianexpress.com, 30 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He was troubled by a hip injury in early 2015. (redbullcliffdiving.com, 17 Feb 2016)

In 2015 he struck the platform during a dive in La Rochelle, France, suffering minor facial injuries. (redbullcliffdiving.com, 17 Feb 2016)

In 2010 he suffered a fractured tailbone after misjudging a dive during practice for a cliff diving audition in Australia. Despite the injury he performed the same dive the next day and qualified for a place on the tour. (articles.sun-sentinel.com, 21 Aug 2012)

He suffered a serious wrist injury during his senior year at Purdue University in the United States of America. (interviewly.com, May 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2011 Cliff Diving World Series Rookie of the Year. (LinkedIn profile, 2015)

He was named the 2005/06 Big 10 Diver of the Year while competing at Purdue University in the United States. He shared the award with Brian Mariano. (purduesports.com, 2006)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first US male high diver to win a gold medal at a world championships when he claimed victory at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (indianexpress.com, 30 Jul 2017; swimswam.com, 30 Jul 2017)

BEING A FATHER
He became a father in 2016, and he feels it has changed his outlook to high diving. "I thought that having a kid would make me a little more concerned about the financial end of everything [since] you have to do well to get paid well. So I thought that would put more stress on me to do better to be able to provide, but I think it has sort of had the opposite effect where I have such a sense of purpose now outside of what I'm doing that if it were over tomorrow I would be okay with it and I would still have a drive, a reason to go." (fortlauderdaledaily.com, 15 Nov 2016)

PERFORMER
Prior to taking up high diving competitively, he worked at amusement parks in the United States of America and Shenzhen, People's Republic of China. "You put on a [protective] suit, stand on a 10m platform, light yourself on fire, burn for a little while and then jump into the water. It's funny all the things you do that seem so weird, but it's to dive for a living, which is all I really wanted to do." (articles.sun-sentinel.com, 21 Aug 2012)