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Martin WOLFRAM
Sport Diving
NOC Germany   
GenderMen
Born29 Jan 1992 in Dresden, GER
Height1.64 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dresden, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He tried swimming but was unsuccessful so his mother suggested he try diving. "Diving is such a great combination of power and elegance."
Club / Team
Dresdner SC 1898: Germany
Name of coach
Boris Rozenberg [club], GER; Lutz Buschkow [national], GER
General Interest
Nicknames
Diving Wolfman (Facebook page, 27 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
German diver Sascha Klein. (dresden.de, 01 Jul 2016)
Injuries
In January 2020 he had surgery on his left shoulder after sustaining a dislocation in training. He returned to training four months later. (sportbuzzer.de, 14 May 2020; mdr.de, 07 Feb 2020; Instagram profile, 31 Jan 2020)

After a long period of injuries, which included back and shoulder problems, in July 2019 he returned to major international competition at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (dsc1898.de, 17 Jul 2019; sportbuzzer.de, 10 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he missed the German Championships, a World Cup event in the People's Republic of China and the European championships in Glasgow, Scotland, after sustaining a back injury. (stimme.de, 06 Aug 2018; dnn.de, 11 Jul 2018, 22 May 2018)

In November 2016 he had shoulder surgery. He returned to non-water based training in early 2017 but was forced to take another break due to pain in his shoulder in March 2017. As a result of the injury he was unable to compete at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He made his comeback in October 2017 at the Methodik Trophy in Leipzig, Germany. (dnn.de, 08 Oct 2017; zeit.de, 18 Jul 2017; dnn.de, 30 Mar 2017)

He was troubled by pain in his biceps while competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (spox.com, 22 Nov 2016)

In November 2013 he had an operation on his left shoulder and was unable to compete at the 2014 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (sport1.de, 13 Jun 2015; Facebook page, 27 Mar 2015)

In 2012 he needed surgery on his right shoulder after he dislocated it twice and injured his biceps fibre at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (welt.de, 29 Jul 2015)
Other information
SHIFTING FOCUS
After competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he revealed that he does not intend to compete at the 2024 Games in Paris. In November 2021 he began studying for a diploma at the Cologne Trainer Academy of the German Olympic Sports Confederation [DOSB]. "The first week was already very exciting. After all, there were 49 applicants for our course and 30 were accepted. That shows how popular the course is. Many already work as coaches in their respective sports. At the moment [speaking in November 2021] I'm spending a little less time diving, only doing one training session a day. How far I can go as a diver remains open. I would like to watch the Paris Games as a spectator." (Dresdner SC 1898 - Wasserspringen Facebook page, 09 Nov 2021; sportbuzzer.de, 05 Nov 2021; sport1.de, 15 Oct 2021; welt.de, 03 Aug 2021)

QUITTING THE PLATFORM
He stopped competing in the 10m platform following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to issues with his shoulder. He also thought of retiring from the sport after undergoing his fourth shoulder surgery in January 2020. "When I was under the knife [shoulder surgery] for the third time after Rio, I realised that I couldn't go back to the tower. The load on the shoulder is simply too great from 10 metres. Last year [speaking in 2021] after my shoulder dislocation and my fourth shoulder surgery, I thought about giving up. But thanks to so many great people, I refused to follow this thought." (Instagram profile, 09 May 2021; dsv.de, 06 May 2021; dsv-roadtotokyo.de, 09 Jul 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 3m Springboard 426.75 
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 492.90
8 2012 London, ENG 10m Platform 506.65
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 3m Springboard 403.50
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 407.90
11 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Event 348.95
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1m Springboard 398.05
Preliminary round 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10m Platform 412.60
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
16 2019 Calgary, AB, CAN 3m Springboard 364.90
1 2019 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 417.35
13 2018 Calgary, AB, CAN 3m Springboard 392.80
13 2018 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 398.10
1 2017 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 276.78
13 2016 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform 424.20
2 2016 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 364.98
  2016 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard  DNS
  2016 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro  DNS
3 2015 León, MEX 3m Springboard 448.55
3 2015 León, MEX 3m Springboard Synchro 364.89
16 2015 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 355.50
17 2012   10m Platform  
39 2011   10m Platform  
9 2011 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 426.10
13 2011 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 383.65
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard 484.65
12 2019 Kiev, UKR 3m Springboard 337.70
9 2016 London, ENG 3m Springboard 384.50
1 2015 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 575.30
2 2013 Rostock, GER 1m Springboard 414.75 
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2015 London, ENG 3m Springboard Synchro 277.65