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Paola Milagros Espinosa Sánchez (born 31 July 1985)[1] is a Mexican diver and represented Mexico at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she was her national team's flagbearer, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Paola Espinosa
Personal information
Full namePaola Milagros Espinosa Sánchez
Born (1985-07-31) 31 July 1985 (age 33)
La Paz, BCS, Mexico
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
Event(s)3 m, 3 m synchro, 10 m, 10 m synchro
PartnerAlejandra Orozco
Former partner(s)Laura Sánchez, Tatiana Ortiz

In 1987, the Espinosa Sánchez family moved to La Paz from Mexico City with Paola, who was barely nine months old.

In Athens in 2004, from speciality platform jumps of 10 meters, she placed in the individual jump and fifth in synchronized jumps. In the synchronized jumps, she participated with Tatiana Ortiz, who was also an Olympic medalist.

On 8 August 2008, she was the champion of the Mexican national team at the Opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing. She won a bronze medal in the Women's Synchronized 10-meter Platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing on 12 August 2008 with a score of 330.06. She won silver medal in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics with a score of 343.32 on Tuesday, 31 July 2012.

Espinosa won the gold medal in the 10-meter platform at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome with a score of 428.25.[2] The silver medal was won by the Chinese athlete Chen Ruolin, who is also an Olympian, with a score of 417.60. The bronze medal was given to the Chinese athlete Kang Li, who had a score of 410.35.[3]

In 2011, she participated at the 2011 Pan American Games where she won the gold medal at the 10-meter platform individual and synchronized events, as well as gold in the 3-meter synchronized springboard event. She has won a total of 13 medals at the Pan American Games, 8 of them gold.

On Tuesday, 31 July 2012, in the Olympic Games in London, she won a silver medal in the 10-meter synchronized platform together with Alejandra Orozco, with a score of 343.32.

She was also the champion of the Central America and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez 2010.


International GamesEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

  • Beijing 2008: She won the bronze medal in synchronized jumps from the 10-meter platform along with Tatiana Ortiz during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Paola was commissioned to lead the Mexican delegation during the opening ceremony, carrying the national flag. She was fourth in the individual event, with Tatiana placing fifth.
  • London 2012: She won a silver medal in synchronized diving from the 10-meter level along with Alejandra Orozco during the London Olympic Games in 2012. She was competing in the Olympics while celebrating her 26th birthday. Paola became the first Mexican athlete to get two medals in different Olympic events. In the individual jump, she came in sixth.
  • Río 2016: She competed in the 10-meter jump together with Alejandra Orozco during the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and finished sixth, while individually she finished fourth.

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • Barcelona 2003: Together with Laura Sánchez, she achieved third place in the synchronized jump from 3 meters, and with this, won the bronze medal.
  • Rome 2009: Rome was the place where she became a world champion. Paola won first in the 10-meter platform with perfect scores. Her victory made her the first Mexican diver to win a world title.
  • Shanghai 2011: During the 2011 championships, Paola was not able to defend her title. She finished third behind the Chinese divers Chen Ruolin and Hu Yadan.

Pan-American GamesEdit

During the Pan-American Games which were held in Santo Domingo, she won, together with Laura Sánchez, two silver medals in synchronized diving, the first in 3-meter platform and the other in the 10-meter platform. Four years later, she was even more outstanding, having won three gold medals and one silver medal. On 26 October 2011, in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, she won the gold medal in the 10-meter platform.

Central American and Caribbean Games She was recognized as the first athlete with the most number of medals from Mexico in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. Her performance in the 21st edition of the games included earning a total of three medals; a gold in the 10-meter platform, a gold in the 1-meter springboard, and a gold in the 3-meter springboard.

University At Kazan University in 2013, she won a bronze medal in the synchronized dive and fourth in the individual dive.



  • ARN-5002
  • ARN-6004W RYAB
  • ARN-6018 BLU
  • FAR-9543 WHT


  1. ^ "Espinosa Paola". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Paula Espinosa". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Otra vez cerca del bronce…Ahora Paola – Sportspedia México". Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.

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