Chris Snode

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Chris Snode
Personal information
National teamGreat Britain
Born (1959-03-23) 23 March 1959 (age 61)
Sutton, London, England
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Event(s)Springboard, 3m
Platform, 10m
College teamUniversity of Florida
ClubHighgate Diving Club
Crystal Palace Diving Team

Christopher Snode (born 23 March 1959) is a former World Cup Champion diver who represented Great Britain and England.

Diving career[edit]

He represented Great Britain at the 1976 Summer Olympics, 1980 Summer Olympics, and 1984 Summer Olympics.[1] He represented England at the 1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games, and won four gold medals.[2] Snode was the University of Florida's first individual NCAA National Champion (1978). At the first-ever FINA Diving World Cup held in The Woodlands, Texas in 1979, Snode became World Cup Champion in the men's three-metres springboard event.

Snode attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he dove for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1977 to 1980.[3] He was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Diver of the Year three consecutive years, received six All-American honors, and was Florida's first individual NCAA National [4] champion (three-metres springboard event in 1978).[3] Snode graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1981, and was inducted in the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1993.[5][6]

Snode was a member of the British Olympic team in 1976, 1980 and 1984; he placed among the top ten divers in the world in both platform and springboard diving at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.[1] He was the three-metres springboard and ten-metres platform diving champion at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, and again in both events at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Since the early 1990s, Snode has been recognised as a leading Casting Director for sport's TV commercials airing worldwide. His casting agency Chris Snode Casting has worked with a variety of award-winning directors and producers. In 2016 TV commercials he cast won 26 awards across three continents. Snode is also an Olympic television commentator and diving pundit for the BBC and Euro Sport (1988 to present). Snode was the executive diving consultant in the USA on Eyework's "Splash" reality programme that premiered on ABC, March 19, 2013.

Honours and recognition[edit]

  • Great Britain's first World Diving Champion 1979
  • University of Florida's first NCAA National Champion (individual) 1978
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame, inducted as a Gator Great 1993
  • Swim England's George Hearn Cup - Honoured a record eight times 1975, 1978 to 1984
  • Nominated for Equity / CDA Diversity TV Commercial Casting Award 2016

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Chris Snode. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  3. ^ a b Florida Swimming & Diving 2010–11 Media Supplement Archived 2012-07-27 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 81–84, 85, 86–90, 91, 102–107, 108–113 (2010). Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  4. ^
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Six ex-Gators to be inducted," The Gainesville Sun, p. 4C (2 April 1993). Retrieved 27 September 2012.