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Laura
Sánchez
MexicoMexico, MEX
Female
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 October 1985
Height
163 cm
Weight
54 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Francisco Rueda, son Alef
Residence
Colombia
Languages
Spanish

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age eight in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Why this sport?
She was swimming at her local club when coach [and later her husband] Francisco Rueda gave her an evaluation test for diving. She passed it and entered the sport.

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (panamericanworld.com, 26 Apr 2014)
Injuries
She underwent surgery for an arm injury in December 2009. She fully recovered from the operation in May 2010. (mexicalisport.com, 17 Jul 2010)

She required an operation on her left knee in 2003. (Deporte, 18 Jan 2007)
Awards and honours
In 2013 she and her husband Francisco Rueda won the State Sport Award in Mexico. (codegto.gob.mx, 21 Oct 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from the sport in April 2016. (laaficion.milenio.com, 28 Apr 2016)

COLOMBIAN MOVE
In early 2017 she made the move to Colombia with her husband Francisco Rueda, who had taken a role with the Colombian national team. (cronica.com.mx, 17 Mar 2017; deportedigital.mx, 16 Feb 2017)

NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first female Mexican diver to win a medal in an individual event at the Olympic Games when she claimed bronze in the 3m springboard at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Feb 2016; cnn.com, 05 Aug 2012)