Guo Jingjing

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Guo Jingjing
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Personal information
Full name Guo Jingjing
Born (1981-10-15) October 15, 1981 (age 32)
Baoding, Hebei, China
Residence Beijing
Height 5'4"
Sport
Country People's Republic of China
Event(s) 3m springboard,
3m synchro
Partner Wu Minxia
Former partner(s) Fu Mingxia
Retired Guo has recently announced that she will retire after helping China sign major sponsorship deals.

Guo Jingjing (Chinese: 郭晶晶; pinyin: Guō Jīngjīng; born October 15, 1981 in Baoding, Hebei) is a female diver from the People's Republic of China. Guo is tied with her partner Wu Minxia for winning the most Olympic medals (6) of any female diver[1] and she won the 3m springboard event at five consecutive World Championships. She announced her retirement in 2011.

Career[edit]

She took up diving when she was six years old at the Baoding Training Base. She started training in competitive diving in 1988, and was selected to dive for the Chinese national team in 1992. Guo first competed at the Olympics in 1996. Her coach leading up to the 2008 Olympics was Zhong Shaozhen.

During the 2004 Summer Olympics She won a gold medal in the 3 meter women's synchronized springboard along with Wu Minxia, before winning her first individual Olympic gold in the 3 meter women's springboard.[2]

After the 2004 Summer Olympics, Guo became a Chinese national sports figure in the public eye, with a contract with McDonald's, as well as multiple other endorsement contracts. She was later banned by the national team for excessive commercial activities, but was accepted back to the team when she agreed to focus on diving and give up many promotional activities.[3] She was also made to surrender nearly 4 million dollars to the Chinese government, money that she had earned while doing these endorsements. Tian Liang, a fellow Olympic gold medalist offered the same deal as Guo, however declined to pay back the money to the government, and was excluded from the Olympic games. Guo is the leading member of the Chinese national women's diving team, and is known in China as "The Princess of Diving". Guo announced on November 23, 2006, that she would retire following the 2008 Summer Olympics.[4]

Guo won two more gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. At the end of the Beijing Games, Guo became the most decorated female Olympic diver,[5] and tied fellow Chinese athlete Fu Mingxia, and Americans Pat McCormick and Greg Louganis with the most gold medals (four).[6] Guo won the gold medal in the women's 3-meter springboard with a total of 415.35 points. The silver medal was awarded to Yuliya Pakhalina of Russia, whose score was 398.60, followed by Wu Minxia of China with 389.85 for the bronze medal.[7] In synchronized diving, the defending champions Guo, and Wu, who won the event in the 2004 Athens Olympics and three World Championships, had led the entire competition in Beijing, winning the gold medal, with Yuliya Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova of Russia, who posted 323.61, winning Silver.[8][9]

It was confirmed in January 2011 that Guo has decided to retire, and she will not compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was quoted as saying, "I think I have fulfilled my task, so the London Games is not what I have in mind now. The chances should be left to other talents in the team."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Guo's social activities after the Athens Olympics were the subject of scrutiny in Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong media news outlets.[11] Guo made entertainment headlines in China when the paparazzi published a photograph of her dining with Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, the grandson of the late Hong Kong business tycoon Henry Fok. Guo did not deny the relationship, and has been photographed many times with Kenneth Fok in public.[12] The couple tied the knot in Hong Kong on November 8, 2012.

Guo, along with other divers on her team, suffers from diving-related health problems such as poor eyesight.[13]

Major achievements[edit]

  • 1995 World Cup – 1st Synchronized Platform & 3m Synchronized Springboard
  • 1996 Olympic Games – 5th Platform
  • 1998 World Championships – 2nd 3m Springboard
  • 1999 World Cup – 1st 3m Synchronized Springboard; 3rd 3m Springboard
  • 2000 World Cup – 1st 3m Springboard; 2nd 3m Synchronized Springboard
  • 2000 Olympic Games – 2nd 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2001 World Championships – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2002 World Cup – 1st 1m & 3m Springboard; 2nd 3m Synchronized Springboard
  • 2002 Asian Games – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2003 FINA Diving Grand Prix (Australia/China) – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2003 World Championships – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2004 World Cup – 1st 3m Synchronized Springboard; 2nd 3m Springboard
  • 2004 Olympic Games – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2005 World Championships – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2006 Asian Games – 1st 3m Synchronized Springboard
  • 2007 World Championships – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard
  • 2008 Olympic Games 1st Women's 3m Synchronised Springboard
  • 2008 Olympic Games 1st Women's 3m Springboard
  • 2009 World Championships – 1st 3m Springboard & Synchronized Springboard

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC (August 17, 2008). "Guo may dive on after record gold". BBC. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  2. ^ Xinhua (2004). "After 8 years, Guo finally makes it in Olympics". China Daily. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  3. ^ ESPN (2007). "Hanging by a Thread". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  4. ^ Xinhua (2006). "Asian Games-bound diver Guo Jingjing to retire after 2008 Olympics". People's Daily. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  5. ^ Lei Lei (2008). "Talkin' 'bout our generations of divers". China Daily. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  6. ^ Canwest Publishing Inc.. (2008). "China's Guo claims gold, Olympic diving record". Canwest Publishing Inc. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (2008). "Guo golden again". NBC. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  8. ^ Alan Paul. "China's beloved Guo adds to legacy". NBC. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  9. ^ Beth Harris for the Associated Press (2008). "China Wins 1st Diving Medal at Beijing Olympics". ABC News. Retrieved August 19, 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Chinese diving queen Guo decides to retire". Xinhua News Agency. 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  11. ^ Echo Shan (2005). "Diving prince Tian Liang's new fling revealed in hot kiss". China Daily. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  12. ^ Flora Bagenal (February 3, 2008). "Diving princess Guo Jingjing enters love’s troubled waters" (ece). London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  13. ^ The Straits Times. [1]. August 26, 2008.

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