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Cao Yuan (simplified Chinese: 曹缘; traditional Chinese: 曹緣; pinyin: Cáo Yuán; born 7 February 1995) is a Chinese diver and an Olympic gold medalist with two gold and one bronze.

Cao Yuan
Cao Yuan at the Rio Olympics.jpg
Cao Yuan at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 24)
Changsha, China
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Event(s)3 m,10m,3m&10m synchro
PartnerXie Siyi


Early lifeEdit

Cao Yuan was born on 7 February 1995 in Beijing.[1] Cao Yuan started diving at age 5. His mother wanted him to learn discipline so enrolled him in diving classes.[2]

His life motto is "Go your own way and see your own scenery. Be calm for life's ups and downs."[2]


Cao Yuan and Qin Kai at the 2016 Olympics

He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men's synchronized 10 metre platform, winning the gold medal. He won the gold medal at 2010 Asian Games in Men's 10 meter platform at the age of 15.

Cao Yuan is the only diver in history to win 3 gold medals in a single World Diving Series event by winning gold medals in 3m synchro, 10m synchro, and 10m individual events of the 2014 World Diving Series in Canada.

Cao Yuan together with Yue Lin are the only divers to ever win two World Series gold medals on the same day of the competition by winning the 3m synchro and 10m synchro events on May 30, 2014.

In 2015, he partnered with Qin Kai on the men's 3m synchro springboard at the World Championships in Kazan and won gold.[3]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Cao won gold in the men's 3m springboard event.[4] He also won bronze in the 3m springboard synchronized dive with Qin Kai.[5]


In 2014, he was named the Male Diver of the Year by the International Swimming Federation (FINA). He also received the May 4th Youth Medal of Beijing in the People's Republic of China the same year.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Yuan Cao". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Yuan Cao". Fina.
  3. ^ "Qin Kai/Cao Yuan snatch sixth gold for China diving at Kazan worlds". Xinhuanet. 29 July 2015.
  4. ^ Associated Press (16 August 2016). "Cao Yuan wins fifth diving gold for China, in 3m springboard". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Qin Kai, Cao Yuan claim bronze in men synchronized 3m springboard diving". CRIEnglish. 11 August 2016.
  6. ^ "北京青年五四奖章揭晓 跳水队名将曹缘获殊荣". 5 May 2014.