The Greatest Diver at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest diver of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female diver from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The best all-time performing diver at the Olympic Games is female Chinese diver Wu Minxia with seven medals in total (5 gold) between 2004–2016. Another chinese diver, Chen Ruolin, has five golds too. The higest ranked male diver is US diver Greg Louganis with four gold medals. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

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Top Olympic Games Divers

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Diving for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Diving at the Olympic Games (including 2021)

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
medals
rating
1 Wu Minxia China F 5 1 1 7 33
2 Chen Ruolin China F 5 0 0 5 30
3 Guo Jingjing China F 4 2 0 6 28
4 Fu Mingxia China F 4 1 0 5 26
  Greg Louganis United States M 4 1 0 5 26
6 Pat McCormick United States F 4 0 0 4 24
  Shi Tingmao China F 4 0 0 4 24

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 4 gold medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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