Diving’s Greatest Moments
The last time the Americans won US diving gold was in 2000 by Laura Wilkinson at the Sydney games. David Boudia may have caused the biggest upset of these London Olympic Games. Boudia defeated the gold medal favorite from China, Bo Qui and England’s Tomas Dailey.
Boudia’s victory was the fourth diving medal won by the US in London after the Americans were shut out at the previous two Olympics for the first time. They won a silver and two bronze medals in the synchro events.
The men’s sync team who won bronze in the synchronized 10m platform consisted of David Boudia and Nicholas McCory. The women’s sync team that won silver in the synchronized 3m spring board consisted of Abigail Johnston and Kelci Bryant.
Mexico had one of the surprise men’s sync teams of the London Olympics. When the diving pair of Ivan Navarro Garcia and German Sanchez stepped out onto the men’s synchronized 10m platform they had the highest difficulty dive in the world. They executed it perfectly and won a silver medal for Mexico and Mexico’s first ever men’s diving medal.
China returned to London looking to win all Olympic diving medals eight in all, something they were unable to accomplish in Beijing. Yet again China would fail to win all eight diving medals and they will return from London with 10 diving medals.
The Chinese men would return with five medals, winning gold in both men’s synchronized diving events (3m springboard and 10m platform). The Chinese women would return with five medals, winning gold in all events and one silver in the women’s 3m springboard.