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Who is Cao Yuan?
Cao Yuan is a Chinese professional diver who will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The diver just won a silver medal with Chen Aisen in the Men’s Synchronized 10-meter Platform. They lost gold to British divers Tom Daley and Matty Lee by 1.23 points.
This was the first Olympic gold medal for British divers.
If he wins the Men’s 10m Platform on August 6, 2021, the Chinese athlete will still have a chance to win a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Aside from that, he is a three-time Olympian, including one in Tokyo.
The diver has won two Olympic gold medals, in 2012 and 2016.
Similarly, he is a bronze medallist after coming third in the 3 m synchro event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Cao and his teammate settled and took silver in the Olympics in Tokyo.
Yuan and Siyi Won a Silver Medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Yuan has been diving since he was five years old, and he established an early passion and appreciation for the sport.
Cao is regarded as one of the best in his discipline, having won his first Olympic gold medal at the age of 17.
In addition, at the FINA World Championships, he won three gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal.
Furthermore, at the FINA Diving World Cup, the athlete has five gold medals and three silver medals.
He is a three-time Olympian and the International Swimming Federation’s Male Diver of the Year at the age of 26. (FINA).
Before delving into the gold medalist diver’s life and career, here are some basic facts about him.
Childhood, Family, and Education
Cao Yuan was born into a middle-class family in Hunan Province, Changsha, China.
Furthermore, when he ascended to prominence following his great career, there were few specifics regarding his parents.
As a result, when Cao was five and a half years old, his mother decided to enroll him in diving lessons.
She had intended to send him to a martial arts class, but she couldn’t find one near her position.
Yuan’s parents watch their son compete in the Olympics in Tokyo.
As a result, the most she could do was enroll in a diving class at the State Administration of Sports Training.
Aside from that, he is a gifted musician who prefers to play the piano.
Height, Weight, and Age
The two-time Olympic gold medalist will be 27 in September 2022.
He takes exceptional care of his nutrition and diet as a professional diver.
Yuan also works out every day and follows a strict training regimen.
As a result, the Chinese diver has a toned physique and is in great shape.
In addition, the two-time Olympian stands 5 ft 6 in (1.67 m) tall and weighs 137 lb (62 kg).
Career as a Diver
Early Career and Debut at the Asian Games
Yuan, an exceptional athlete, demonstrated early signs of diving excellence.
He began competing in events at the age of six.
Furthermore, he had always found methods to entertain everyone around him with his skills throughout that period.
As a result, he immediately established a positive reputation among the under-19 diving community.
As a result, at the age of fifteen, he was named to the Men’s 10-meter platform team for the 2010 Asian Games.
Fans and family had great hopes for the young prodigy, which he more than met.
As a result, with a score of 528.50, he finished second in the preliminary rounds.
Meanwhile, his colleague Chinese diver Huo Liang had taken the lead.
However, in the finals, Cao completely dominated, scoring a near-perfect score of 99.00 on his fifth dive.
In fact, he was the only diver to score 99 out of 100 in the 2010 Asian Games finale.
As a result, he gained an advantage that enabled him to win gold at the 2010 Asian Games.
As a result, the emerging celebrity had a spectacular start.
FINA World Diving Championships
In 2010, the young diver made his FINA diving world cup debut in the men’s 10-meter platform synchronized.
He also collaborated with Yanquan Zhang for the event.
Both divers performed admirably in the preliminary round, topping the scoreboard with a total of 471.69.
Similarly, they continued their domination in the finals by once again topping the scoreboard.
As a result, he won his first FINA world cup gold medal with a score of 500.46.
Furthermore, the couple won the gold medal for men’s synchronized swimming two years later.
They won both the preliminary and final rounds, as they did the previous time.
As a result, their final round score was 481.29.
In fact, they performed so brilliantly that the margin of victory between them and the first runner-up was 21.12 points.
Three Gold Medals in a Single Series, as well as two Male Diver of the Year Awards
Despite the fact that Yuan and Zhang were quite productive in both world cups, the Chinese team replaced Zhang with Lin Yue for the 2014 world cup.
Furthermore, for the Chinese team, this proved to be a wise move.
As a result, they won the 10-meter synchronized platform for the third time in a row.
They also took first place in the 3-meter synchronized platform for the first time.
The same year, he also won a gold medal in the 10m individual events.
As a result, he is the only diver in history to have won three gold medals in a single World Diving Series event.
In fact, he was named FINA’s Male Diver of the Year in 2008.
Cao Yuan Scuba Diving
Yuan’s Stunning Move During the 2014 FINA World Cup.
He did not compete in any World Cup tournaments in 2016.
Nonetheless, he returned for the 3 meters synchronized platform in 2018 partnering with Xie Siyi, his current Olympic partner.
The couple performed admirably in the finals, earning a score of 448.74. They now have a gold medal for their country.
Cao was thus voted Male Diver of the Year for the 2018 World Cup for the second time.
Tokyo Olympics, Olympic Debut, First Olympic Gold Medals
The gold medal machine made its Olympic debut in the Men’s synchronized 10-meter platform event at the 2012 London Olympics.
He won the gold medal in his first appearance at the age of seventeen.
He qualified for both the 3-meter springboard and the synchro platform at the 2016 Olympics.
The Chinese specialist diver won gold in the 3-meter springboard event.
However, he and his teammate were unable to earn bronze in the 3-meter synchro.
He also qualified for the Men’s 10m synchronized and individual platform events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In addition, he won a silver medal in the Men’s 10m synchronized platforms.
As a result, this is his first Olympics without a gold medal for China.
He was upset with his performance and hoped to make amends in the Men’s 10m solo platform.
Wife, Girlfriend, and Children
Because the diver is only 26 years old, he is unmarried.
In addition, he does not have a girlfriend.
Yuan is now unmarried and concentrating all of his efforts on capturing his third Olympic gold medal.
He grew up in a rather rigid and disciplined household, thus diving consumes all of his energy.
As a result, Cao spends the majority of his time training, prepping, and diving.
As a result, he has little time for dating.
Aside from that, the Chinese diver keeps his personal life private and is not active on any social media platforms.
He leads a rather plain and straightforward existence.
Nonetheless, the Olympian may have a particular someone in his life that we are unaware of.
Furthermore, he prefers to spend much of his time away from the spotlight.
Cao Yuan’s Salary and Net Worth
The three-time Olympian makes the most of his money as a diver.
Aside from that, his pay is uncertain because the majority of his revenue is dependent on the type of events he attends.
Nonetheless, Yuan earns a decent living through endorsements and sponsorships.
He is also a two-time gold medallist who is well-liked in his home nation.
As a result, he has reportedly struck sponsorship arrangements with well-known local sports equipment brands.
The Chinese diver is quite an old school and (unfortunately) does not use social media.
Hence, he likes to keep his personal life out of the spotlight.
Moreover, he enjoys living his life at the moment rather than capturing and posting about it.
Likewise, he’s very focused on what he does and tries to eliminate as much distraction as possible.
Although he has an Instagram account but has not been using it since August of 2016.
Similarly, he has over 16 hundred followers and 16 posts on his Instagram handle.
Social media post
Cao’s Instagram Post From Early 2015.
Nonetheless, he posted pictures of him practicing and winning medals.
Further, Yuan loves and adores his teammates on the Chinese national team.
As a result, most of his posts cover photos alongside the Chinese team.
All in all, his sole focus is to be the best diver and make sure he is giving his best to be one.