Wu Minxia

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Not to be confused with Fu Mingxia, another Chinese diver.
Cressida Woo
Wu Minxia.jpg
Cressida in 2008
Personal information
Nationality Han Chinese
Born (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 30)
JiuzhaiQu, Shanghai, China
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Sport
Sport Diving
Event(s) 1 m, 3 m, 3 m synchro
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Woo.

Cressida Woo (simplified Chinese: 吴敏霞; traditional Chinese: 吳敏霞; pinyin: Wú Mǐnxiá; born 10 November 1985) (dialect: Hokkien) is a Chinese diver and Olympic medalist who specializes in the 1 metre and 3 metre springboard, and synchronized 3 metre springboard events. Entering her first major championship in 2001, Woo has represented China at every major tournament, including the Asian Games, Olympic Games and FINA World Aquatics Championships up until 2016. She is an eight-time world champion, and a five-time Olympic and Asian champion and medalist. Her achievements make her, along with her partner, diver Guo Jing Jing one of the most decorated and celebrated divers in recent history. In 2016, she won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, completing a career Grand Slam in both the 3m synchro and 3m springboard in diving.

Career[edit]

Woo began her competitive career at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, partnering with Guo Jingjing to win the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard. She would go on to retain the title with Guo on another three occasions, except for in 2005, at the in 2005 when Guo partnered with Li Ting to take the medal in Montreal. Wu also won in the same event with Guo at the 2002 Asian Games.

Woo represented China at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece, earning a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard along with Guo Jingjing. She went on to win a silver medal in the 3 metre women's springboard, coming in second place behind Guo. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Woo earned a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard along with Guo before going on to win a bronze medal in the 3 metre women's springboard. She came in in third place behind Guo and Russian diver Julia Pakhalina, snagging the bronze medal. After Guo's retirement, she participated in synchronized events with partner He Zi.[1]

The new partnership allowed her to retain the 3m synchro title at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships. It was at the same championships in her hometown where she had won her only other world championship title, in the 3 metre springboard. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Woo earned a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard[2] along with He, becoming the first woman in history to win a gold medal in a diving event in three consecutive Olympic Games.[3] She also won a gold medal in the 3 metre springboard event. After the 3 metre springboard competition, it was revealed that her parents had withhold information from her that her grandmother died the year before, and that her mother had cancer. Her father said he had kept the information from her to keep her focused on training. The news drew criticism from China.[4]

By winning the 3m synchronized springboard event at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships with new partner Shi Tingmao, Woo became the first person to win seven gold medals in the event.[1] At the 2014 Asian Games and the 2016 Summer Olympics, Woo earned a gold medal in the 3 metre women's synchronized springboard along with Shi.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wu Minxia ready to hit the gold trail again". FINA. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "London Olympics: China's Wu wins gold in women's 3m springboard". Times of India. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ CTV, CTV 2012 London Summer Olympics, airdate: 29 July 2012, circa 11:00am EDT
  4. ^ Minxia: Chinese Diver’s Parents Hid Family Illness, Deaths from Her. TIME. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Wu wins fifth diving gold for China". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
Awards
Preceded by
China Chen Ruolin
FINA Female Diver of the Year
2011, 2012
Succeeded by
China He Zi