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Yuan
Cao
People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 February 1995
Height
167 cm
Residence
Beijing, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five in Beijing, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
His mother wanted him to learn self-discipline so she enrolled him in diving classes.
Club / Team
Beijing: China
Name of coach
Liu Ben [national], CHN

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
China

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing the piano, playing chess, watching football. (sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 10m synchronised platform event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and gold in the 3m springboard event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sports.cntv.cn, 13 Dec 2015; sports.sina.com.cn, 17 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Chinese diver Tian Liang. (yundongmi.com, 29 Mar 2013; sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)
Injuries
In 2017 several injuries, including to his forehead and ankle, disrupted his training and performance throughout the year. (sports.qq.com, 21 Jul 2017; sports.qq.com, 31 Aug 2017)

Injuries to his hand and leg meant he was unable to compete at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (news.cnool.ne, 30 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Diver of the Year in both 2014 and 2018 by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 16 Dec 2018; globaltimes.cn, 02 Dec 2014)

In 2017 he was named the Best Athlete of the Year by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports in the People's Republic of China. (sports.sina.com.cn, 12 Oct 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports.xinhuanet.com, 21 Jul 2019)