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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
31 July 1986
156 cm
Husband Ivan Garcia Navarro, daughter Ivana [2017]
Guadalajara, MEX
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 was also inspired by watching Chinese diver Fu Mingxia performing at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Name of coach
Ivan Bautista [personal], MEX
Training Regime
She trains eight hours a day at the Jalisco State Council for Sport Promotion [CODE] in Guadalajara, Mexico.

General Interest

Hero / Idol
Mexican diver Joaquin Capilla. (, 05 Sep 2013)
She sustained a back injury [sacroiliitis] four months before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as suffering from sciatic nerve pain and a dislocation in her hip. (, 14 Oct 2016;, 22 Aug 2019;, 18 Aug 2019)

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

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

Sporting philosophy / motto
"What you have inside is what defines you. The will to go ahead, to face everything and to be brave." (, 29 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was recipient of the Mexican Sports Award for Sports Merit presented by the Mexican Government as an acknowledgement for her career. (, 07 Nov 2019)

She won the Mexican Sports Award in 2003, 2007 and 2009. (, 17 Oct 2015)

She was Mexico's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 13 Jul 2015)

A swimming pool in Mexico City was named after her. (, 12 Dec 2018)

She lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (, 27 Jul 2019)
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;, 10 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. (, 30 Jul 2012)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 12 May 2018)
Other information
She gave birth to her daughter Ivana in July 2017. She returned to competition in May 2018, and chose to focus on competing in springboard events rather than the 10m 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 in a very active mood. For the springboard it is quite the opposite, I need to be calm. I will get that with hours of training." (, 31 Jul 2017;, 20 Jul 2018;, 15 Aug 2018)

She founded the Paola Espinosa Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico, which aims to support children against bullying and obesity. (, 12 Dec 2018)