Fu Mingxia

Diver

Fu Mingxia was born on August 16th, 1978 in Wuhan, Hubei, China and is the Diver from China. Discover Fu Mingxia's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 44 years old.

Date of Birth
August 16, 1978
Nationality
China
Place of Birth
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Age
44 years old
Zodiac Sign
Leo
Profession
Competitive Diver
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Education
Tsinghua University
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Spouse(s)
Anthony Leung (m.2002–present)
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3
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About Fu Mingxia

Fu Mingxia (born August 16, 1978 in Wuhan, Hubei, China) is a top female diver, multiple Olympic gold medalist and world champion.

Chinese diver Fu Mingxia won the platform-diving world championship in 1991 at the age of 12, making her the youngest diving champ of all time.

She is also famous for being one of the youngest Olympic-diving champions, having earned a gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games when she was just 13 years and 345 days old.

Throughout the 1990s, Fu dominated the sport with her repertoire of extremely difficult dives.

During the 2000 Olympics, held in Sydney, Australia, Fu won her fourth gold, joining Americans Pat McCormick and Greg Louganis as the world's only quadruple Olympic-diving champions.

Early life and career

Fu Mingxia was born into a working-class family in the city of Wuhan, located along the Yangtze River in central China. Inspired by an older sister, Fu enrolled in gymnastics at a local sports school at the age of 5. Though she was just a child, Fu demonstrated remarkable poise and body control. The coaches, however, felt that she was not flexible enough to make it as a gymnast. Instead, they suggested she pursue diving, though Fu, only about seven years old at the time, could not swim.

Fu made the transition from gymnast to springboard diver and before long was noticed by diving coach Yu Fen, who took Fu to Beijing in 1989 to train at a state-sponsored boarding school as a member of the state diving team. Because of her remarkable talents, she became a part of China's disciplined and highly successful elite sporting programs.

Through a strenuous training program, Fu learned to set aside her fears and progressed quickly. Training sessions averaged four to five hours a day, seven days a week, with the occasional nine-hour day. At times, Fu practiced 100 dives a day. In time, she was gliding so close to the platform during her dives that her short hair often touched the end during her descent toward the water.

In 1990, Fu made her international diving debut, capturing a gold at the U.S. Open and also at the Goodwill Games, held that summer in Seattle. Her daring dives from the top of the 10-meter platform transformed the teeny 12-year-old into a national treasure. However, with pressure mounting, Fu placed third at the Asian Games held in Beijing in the fall of 1990. Following the loss, she changed her routine, adding moves that were technically more difficult, but which she felt more comfortable performing.

By 1991, Fu was talented enough to attend the diving world championships, held in Perth, Australia. The competition was intense, and Fu found herself in eighth place in the final round because she had failed a compulsory dive. Fu pulled herself together, however, and ended up with the title, beating out the Soviet Union's World Cup winner Yelena Miroshina by nearly 25 points. At just 12 years old, Fu became the youngest international champion ever. It is a title she will hold forever because after the competition, swimming's national governing body changed the rules, requiring all competitors of international competitions to be at least 14 years old.

While Fu initially made her mark on the 10-meter platform, she also began competing on the three-meter springboard. In April 1992, she won the gold on the springboard at the Chinese international diving tournament in Shanghai.

Fu made her Olympic debut at the 1992 Games, held in Barcelona, Spain. During the competition, the 154 cm (5'1/2"), 43 kg (94.8 lb) Fu used her youthful fearlessness to beat out older competitors. Fu captured a gold in the platform competition. At 13, she was the youngest medal winner at the Olympics that year-and the second-youngest in the history of the Games. She also qualified as the youngest Olympic diving champion, a title she still holds.

Fu's success in her first Olympics drove her toward her second. In preparing for the 1996 Olympics, held in Atlanta, Fu trained seven hours a day, six days a week. Her only other activities included listening to music, watching television and getting massages. Fu's coaches drilled her hard, but she said she found comfort and peace from the physically and mentally straining regimen through music. Fu was in top form at the 1996 Olympics and shone on both the platform and springboard, taking gold in both events. She was the first woman in 36 years to win both events in a single Olympics.

Awards and accomplishments

  • 1990 Goodwill Games – 10m platform 1st (11 years old)
  • 1991 Asian Games – 10m platform 3rd (12 years old)
  • 1991 World Swimming Championships – 10m platform 1st (12 years old)
  • 1992 Olympic Games – 10m platform 1st (13 years old)
  • 1993 FINA Diving World Cup – 3m springboard 3rd (15 years old)
  • 1994 World Swimming Championships – 10m platform 1st (16 years old)
  • 1994 Asian Games – 3m springboard 2nd (16 years old)
  • 1995 FINA Diving World Cup – 10m platform 2nd (17 years old)
  • 1995 FINA Diving World Cup – 3m springboard 1st (17 years old)
  • 1996 Olympic Games – 10m platform 1st (18 years old)
  • 1996 Olympic Games – 3m springboard 1st (18 years old)
  • 1999 University Games – 10m platform 1st (21 years old)
  • 1999 University Games – 3m springboard 1st (21 years old)
  • 2000 FINA Diving World Cup – 3m springboard 2nd (22 years old)
  • 2000 Olympic Games – 3m springboard synchronized (with Guo Jingjing) 2nd (22 years old)
  • 2000 Olympic Games – 3m springboard 1st (22 years old)

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