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Paola
Espinosa
MexicoMexico, MEX
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
31 July 1986
Height
156 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Ivan Garcia Navarro, daughter Ivana [2017]
Residence
Guadalajara, MEX
Occupation
Athlete, Businessperson
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Business Management - University Anahuac del Sur: Mexico City, MEX

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving at age seven in Baja California, Mexico.
Why this sport?
Her parents encouraged her to take up the sport after she was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder [ADD]. She then was inspired by watching Chinese diver Fu Mingxia performing at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Name of coach
Ivan Bautista [personal], MEX

General Interest

Most influential person in career
Her family. (espn.go.com, 13 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Mexican diver Joaquin Capilla. (altitud.com.mx, 05 Sep 2013)
Injuries
She sustained a back injury before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (mediotiempo.com, 14 Oct 2016)

She elected not to compete at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, in order to let a back injury heal. (estoenlinea.oem.com.mx, 13 Dec 2014)

She had an operation on her right knee in January 2013 because of bursitis. (mediotiempo.com, 11 Apr 2013; proceso.com.mx, 16 Aug 2016)

She had a back injury in May 2010. (vanguardia.com.mx, 30 Jun 2011)
Awards and honours
She won the Mexican Sports Award in 2003, 2007 and 2009. (contextodedurango.com.mx, 17 Oct 2015)

She was Mexico's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (espn.go.com, 13 Jul 2015)
Famous relatives
Her husband Ivan Garcia won a silver medal in the synchronised 10m platform event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (expansion.mx, 30 Jul 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (excelsior.com.mx, 12 May 2018)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
She claimed Mexico's first diving world title when she won gold in the 10m platform event at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Feb 2016; toronto2015.org, 10 Jul 2015)

MATERNITY BREAK
She gave birth to her daughter Ivana in July 2017. She returned to competition in May 2018, 21 months after her last competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She chose to focus on competing in springboard events rather than on the platform. "Now that I will focus on the springboard I need to be stronger and heavier. That's the challenge, to switch my body. I have always been a small and thin woman because the platform demanded it. Now I have to learn to compete also in springboard. When I was in platform I was always very active mood. For the springboard is quite the opposite, I need to be calm. I will get that with hours of training." (excelsior.com.mx, 31 Jul 2017; mediotiempo.com, 20 Jul 2018; informador.mx, 15 Aug 2018)

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