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Germán SÁNCHEZ
Sport Diving
NOC Mexico   
GenderMen
Born24 Jun 1992 in Guadalajara, MEX
Height1.65 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Lizeth, son Fernando Gleb [2019]
Residence
Guadalajara, MEX
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
His father used to take him to the pool and make him jump in. A lifeguard noticed and told him he could be good at diving.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by watching professional Mexican wrestlers doing flips and other acrobatic stunts. "Mexican wrestling was what I was going to train in because I wanted to be a wrestler, with a mask on. But I practised diving because my father liked the sport and I inherited that passion from him."
Club / Team
Mexican Army: Mexico
Name of coach
Shi Qing Yang [national], CHN; Luis Huerta [national]
General Interest
Nicknames
El Duva (fmn.org.mx, 28 Sep 2009)
Hobbies
Mexican wrestling, movies, listening to music, spending time with family. (marca.com, 02 May 2021)
Hero / Idol
Mexican diver Joaquin Capilla. (eltren.com.mx, 14 Jul 2011)
Injuries
In 2021 he sustained a patellar tendon injury in his left knee and needed surgery. The injury ruled him out of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (tvazteca.com, 19 Jul 2021)

In 2019 he injured his Achilles tendon during training and required surgery. He was unable to compete at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, or the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. He returned to training in late 2019. (milenio.com, 14 Dec 2019, 21 Apr 2019, 12 Apr 2019; proceso.com.mx, 10 Apr 2019)

He had surgery on his left eye socket after hitting the water with the left side of his face while training in April 2018. The injury meant he missed the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. (informador.mx, 05 Apr 2018; laaficion.milenio.com, 04 Apr 2018)

He had surgery on his right shoulder and his knees in December 2016, which kept him away from competition for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. (informador.com.mx, 17 Jun 2017)

He competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a shoulder injury. A shoulder injury also meant he was unable to compete at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, and he previously had surgery on his left shoulder in December 2012. (proceso.com.mx, 08 Aug 2016; informador.com.mx, 26 Dec 2015; mediotiempo.com, 30 Jun 2015; el-mexicano.com.mx, 12 Mar 2013)

An injury to his left elbow affected him during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (proceso.com.mx, 30 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I do not aim to win prizes. My goal is to give the best of myself in each competition and, from that, the rest is given as a result." (excelsior.com.mx, 24 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the Jalisco Award as an outstanding citizen of Jalisco State in Mexico. (code.se.jalisco.gob.mx, 16 Jun 2017)

He was presented with the Mexican National Sports Award in 2016. (informador.com.mx, 03 Nov 2016)

In 2010, 2013, 2015, and 2016 he won the Sports Merit Award in Jalisco, Mexico. (informador.com.mx, 03 Nov 2016, 16 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives
His father German Sanchez Sr. played football for Tecos, Chivas, and Atlante in Mexico. (lajornadajalisco.com.mx, 07 Mar 2008)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (marca.com, 28 Oct 2021)
Other information
CHANGE OF PARTNER
In 2021 he parted ways with synchronised partner Ivan Garcia, whom he had competed with since 2010. His injuries had limited the pair's competitions in the years following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He joined Andres Villarreal to form a new synchronised team in 2021. "Andres is very talented. He is a diamond that can be polished." (milenio.com, 03 Apr 2021)

SHOULDER ISSUE
He has joint hypermobility syndrome, which has made his right shoulder more susceptible to dislocation. "It's something peculiar to be so flexible. It's something I must live with and take care of, not only in my shoulders but my whole body." (20minutos.com.mx, 29 Oct 2018; efe.com, 26 Aug 2018; com.org.mx, 29 Jun 2015; informador.com.mx, 08 Jun 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 532.70
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform Synchro  
14 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform 477.30 
2 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 468.90
Preliminary Round 2008 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 399.35
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 448.89
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10m Platform 506.35
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10m Platform Synchro 442.86
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 393.09
8 2009 Rome, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 400.83
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 10m Platform 420.20
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 10m Platform Synchro 378.15
2 2014 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 427.08
7 2012   10m Platform  
8 2011   10m Platform  
4 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 515.00
2 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 444.81
2 2011 Penza, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 447.93
4 2010 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 488.65
12 2010 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 304.25
4 2010 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 412.39
39 2008   10m Platform  
15 2008 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 398.40
15 2008 Montreal, CAN 10m Platform 382.45
6 2008 Shenzhen, CHN 10m Platform 435.55
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 479.88
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 396.45
4 2015   10m Platform  
5 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 467.66
3 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 393.39
8 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 458.10
2 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 426.27
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 554.15
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 433.65
5 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform 457.35
3 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 420.78
6 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform 138.40
1 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 448.59
5 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 409.02
5 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 411.55
13 2014   10m Platform  
13 2014 London, ENG 10m Platform 360.25
4 2014 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 421.83
7 2014 Monterrey, MEX 10m Platform 445.50
2 2014 Monterrey, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 429.66
7 2014 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform 438.80
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 446.76
7 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 461.20
3 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 421.02
2 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform 492.00
1 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 457.59
11 2012   10m Platform  
7 2012   10m Platform Synchro  
5 2012 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 421.44
7 2012 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 399.24
4 2012 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform 481.10
2 2012 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 451.23
4 2011 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 424.59
1 2011 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 446.73
4 2011 Sheffield, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 426.48
6 2010 Qingdao, CHN 10m Platform 438.75
4 2010 Qingdao, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 415.71
5 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform 493.65
3 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform 520.50
2 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 443.34
4 2010 Veracruz, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 417.48
5 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 401.46
7 2008 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform 379.65
7 2008 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform 379.65
7 2008 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 356.82
7 2008 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 356.82