Laura Wilkinson is Platform Diving HOT

August 20, 2008

Meet Laura Wilkinson, a three time Olympic platform diver. See photos, video and a biography of Laura below.

Laura Wilkinson, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, competed in the preliminaries of the women’s platform event and placed fifth, advancing her to the finals on Thursday. She ended up with 370.70 points, 99.80 points behind the leader, China’s Chen Ruolin.

She told USA Diving:

“I had a pretty good prelims. I was steady and did some good stuff. This was my last prelims ever, and I had a great time. I don’t really like prelims, but this was a great warmup for Thursday.”

Laura Wilkinson Biography

As a biography, Laura Wilkinson was born on November 17, 1977 in Houston, Texas. She is 30 years old. She stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.

Laura started diving in May of 1993, when she was 15 years old. That same year, she became a member of the United States national team.

Just six months before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Laura injured her foot seriously and this kept her from training for a few months. She did qualify for the Olympics, but her foot still was not fully healed. During the platform finals at the 2000 Olympics, she was in eighth place after her first of five dives. Heavy favorites in medal contention did not do well in their next dives, and Laura took advantage of it. She finished off some incredible dives and went from eighth place to first to capture the gold medal – the first female American to do so since 1964. Of note, because of her injured foot, she started her dive on her hands, a technique that is now used throughout the diving world, all because of Laura.

She qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics but unfortunately did not medal, placing fifth. The following year, she won the gold medal at the 2005 World Aquatics Championship in the 10m.

Laura graduated from the University of Texas in 2001, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. She has been married to Eriek Hulseman since September 7, 2002.

So don’t discount Laura yet from that gold medal in Beijing, she’s come from behind before and will likely do it again.

Click below for more photos and video of Laura Wilkinson.

Laura Wilkinson Video

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