Guo Jingjing harvested two gold medals at Beijing Olympic Games.
Full name: Guo Jingjing
Date of birth: October 15, 1981
Place of birth: Baoding, Hebei Province
Events: 3m springboard, 3m synchronized springboard
Known in China as "The Princess of Diving," Guo Jingjing is the leading member of the Chinese national women's diving team.
Guo 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 Beijing Olympics was Zhong Shaozhen.
During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Guo earned a gold medal in the 3m women's synchronized springboard with Wu Minxia and then went on to win her first individual Olympic gold in the 3m women's springboard.
After Athens, Guo became a Chinese national sports figure in the public eye, signing a contract with McDonald's and receiving multiple other endorsements. She was later banned from the national team for excessive commercial activities, but was then accepted back to the team when she agreed to focus on diving and give up many promotional activities. On November 23, 2006, Guo announced that she would retire following the 2008 Olympic Games.
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, and tied fellow Chinese athlete Fu Mingxia and American Greg Louganis for winning the most gold medals (four).
Guo's social activities after the Athens Olympics were the subject of scrutiny in many media outlets in mainland China and Hong Kong. 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.
Guo, along with other divers on her team, suffers from diving-related health problems such as poor eyesight.
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 Synchronized Springboard
2008 Olympic Games 1st Women's 3m Springboard
2009 World Championships – 1st 3m Springboard
(China.org.cn September 11, 2009)