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Iván GARCÍA
Sport Diving
NOC Mexico   
GenderMen
Born25 Oct 1993 in Guadalajara, MEX
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Paola Espinosa, daughter Ivana [2017]
Residence
Guadalajara, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration - University of the Valley of Mexico: Guadalajara, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving in 2000 and took part in his first competition in 2002.
Why this sport?
He was found to have attention and hyperactivity difficulties as a child, so his parents decided to sign him up to diving lessons to channel his energy.
Club / Team
Jalisco State: Mexico
Name of coach
Ivan Bautista, MEX
Training Regime
He trains at Jalisco State Council for Sport Promotion [CODE] in Guadalajara, Mexico.
General Interest
Nicknames
Pollo [Chicken]. (milenio.com, 17 Nov 2009)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in synchronised 10m platform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (caras.com.mx, 01 Mar 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 06 Jun 2021)
Hero / Idol
Mexican diver Fernando Platas. (milenio.com, 17 Nov 2008)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on both knees after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He had suffered a tendon and ligament rupture in his left knee. (olimpicos.marcaclaro.com, 01 Oct 2021; informador.mx, 18 Nov 2021)

Two months after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he had knee surgery to treat enthesitis [inflammation]. He had another operation in March 2017 in New York, NY, United States of America. He returned to competition in April 2018. (publimetro.com.mx, 20 Aug 2019; elsoldeleon.com.mx, 05 Apr 2018; elfinanciero.com.mx, 24 Jul 2017; jornada.unam.mx, 09 Feb 2017)

He injured an ankle after competing at the 2013 World Cup event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (informador.com.mx, 26 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If the world turns upside down, stand on your hands so that you understand it better." (Instagram profile, 05 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2009 he was presented with the Jalisco State Sports Award in Mexico. (informador.com.mx, 16 Nov 2015)
Famous relatives
His wife Paola Espinosa has represented Mexico in diving. She won silver in synchronised 10m platform at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and bronze in the same event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 12 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (olimpicos.marcaclaro.com, 01 Oct 2021)
Other information
NEW PARTNERSHIP
He and his synchronised partner since 2010, German Sanchez, had their competition time limited in the years following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to injuries to both athletes. In 2021 he began diving with Randal Willars after Willars' partner, Diego Balleza, was injured. The new partnership won silver at the 2021 World Cup event in Tokyo, Japan, and secured an Olympic quota spot for Mexico in the synchronised 10m platform for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "We are a team that has had so little training together but that does not mean we do not have quality. I'm happy how things have worked out and now Mexico has a new combination." (milenio.com, 05 May 2021, 03 Apr 2021)

INJURY STRUGGLE
After the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he did not compete internationally again until late 2018, due to repetitive problems with his knees. "It was long and tough. I underwent surgery in October 2016 and did six months of rehabilitation. I thought I was ready to train again but, when I got back, I realised I couldn't do it. I underwent another surgery and it was a hard blow for my mind. I reached a point in which I began believing what doctors had told me, that I wouldn't even walk again. One of the things that helped me was being with my family. The birth of my daughter Ivana in 2017 gave me a boost of energy and motivation." He underwent surgery again on both knees after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olimpicos.marcaclaro.com, 01 Oct 2021; publimetro.com.mx, 20 Aug 2019; milenio.com, 15 Aug 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2021 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform 316.95
10 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 418.95
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform Synchro  
7 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform 521.65
2 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 468.90
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform 368.80
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform Synchro  
10 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Event 319.55 
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 518.95
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 448.89
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Event 399.40
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10m Platform 502.75
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10m Platform Synchro 442.86
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10m Platform 493.15
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
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 10m Platform 333.70
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 10m Platform Synchro 378.15
2 2014 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 427.08
4 2012   10m Platform  
3 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 445.15
2 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 439.32
7 2011   10m Platform  
2 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 444.81
7 2011 Penza, RUS 10m Platform 453.90
2 2011 Penza, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 447.93
17 2010 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 366.25
4 2010 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 412.39
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Lima, PER 10m Platform 497.55
1 2019 Lima, PER 10m Platform Synchro 431.10
1 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform 553.80
1 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 479.88
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2020   10m Platform  
8 2020 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 403.05
2 2020 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 407.94
14 2016   10m Platform  
9 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 425.90
6 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 396.45
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 435.65
5 2015   10m Platform  
8 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 425.50
3 2015 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 393.39
4 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 530.75
2 2015 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 426.27
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 439.80
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 433.65
4 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform 482.45
3 2015 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 420.78
2 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform 555.80
1 2015 Mérida, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 448.59
5 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 409.02
8 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 433.75
10 2014   10m Platform  
10 2014 London, ENG 10m Platform 428.05
4 2014 London, ENG 10m Platform Synchro 421.83
4 2014 Monterrey, MEX 10m Platform 545.30
2 2014 Monterrey, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 429.66
5 2014 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform 502.25
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 446.76
8 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 458.00
3 2014 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 421.02
5 2013 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 105.60
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 403.47
3 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform 472.95
1 2013 Guadalajara, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 457.59
10 2012   10m Platform  
7 2012   10m Platform Synchro  
8 2012 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 452.35
5 2012 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 421.44
7 2012 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 399.24
8 2012 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 442.25
8 2012 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform 462.10
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
4 2010 Qingdao, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 415.71
5 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 401.46
2 2010 Veracruz, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 443.34
7 2008 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 356.82
7 2008 Tijuana, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 356.82