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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 April 1989
176 cm
Wife Sonnie, daughters Dakoda [2014] and Mila [2017]
West Lafayette, IN, USA
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Real Estate Agent
Higher education
Communications - Purdue University: West Lafayette, IN, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving in 2000 in Indianapolis, IN, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I have wanted to be an Olympian since age seven. I did many different sports to try and make my dream come true. I found diving and I knew I could potentially accomplish it in this sport."
Name of coach
Adam Soldati [personal]

International Debut

Competing for
United States
Grand Prix
Elektrostal, RUS

General Interest

Dave (, 18 Dec 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 10m synchronised platform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 20 Feb 2016)
In February 2018 he sustained a concussion as a result of a 10m diving accident. He was unaware of the condition for some time and continued to train and dive, until he began having spells of dizziness, blackouts, numbness, and fatigue. He decided to miss the 2018 US Championships and the 2018 World Cup to spend time recovering from the injury. (, 17 May 2019; 14 May 2018; Instagram profile, 09 Jun 2018)

He broke his right foot after slipping on the springboard during training in December 2014. (, 03 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What am I doing now to get where I want to be in the future." (Athlete, 25 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named USA Diving Athlete of the Year in six consecutive years between 2010 and 2015. He also won the award in 2008. (, 18 Dec 2015, 14 July 2011;, 25 Nov 2013)

He was named the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Diver of the Year. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 25 Sep 2011)
Famous relatives
His sister Shauni played football for Southern Indiana University in the United States of America. (, 14 July 2011)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 11 Aug 2018;, 14 May 2018)
Other information
He switched from platform diving to springboard diving after his February 2018 concussion. "I was just mentally checked out of platform. We needed to freshen up. We just needed a turn in our training." (, 20 Nov 2018; 17 May 2019)

He took a year away from diving after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and became involved in real estate. He announced his decision return to the sport in September 2017. "I might not be as young as what the prime of diving is supposed to be, but what I think I have over other athletes is the wisdom and experience. I just missed the relationships that I had at the pool and with the diving community,” (, 14 May 2018;, 14 May 2018, 24 Apr 2017;, 12 Sep 2017)

He started diving on the 1m and 3m springboards before opting to specialise in the 10m platform. However, he dreaded the climb up the stairs as he had a fear of heights and needed sessions with a sports psychologist to devise coping mechanisms in order to help him conquer his fears. "All divers are crazy for doing what they do. But now [for me] it's just a walk in the park." (, 22 Jul 2013; Indianapolis Monthly 2006)

In January 2017 he became a volunteer assistant diving coach at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, United States of America. (, Jan 2017)

In 2016 he released his biography called 'Greater than Gold'. (Twitter profile, 10 Apr 2017)