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Steele JOHNSON
Sport Diving
NOC United States   
GenderMen
Born16 Jun 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, USA
Height1.88 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Hilary
Residence
Nashville, TN, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Photographer
Languages
English
Higher education
Film - Purdue University: West Lafayette, IN, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up diving at age seven.
Why this sport?
"I would go to practice every day and, instead of complaining about my workout, I would just go out and love to flip off of the board every day. I never got bored with it from a young age like most kids did."
Training Regime
From Monday to Friday he trains for up to seven hours a day, and he does a morning strength session on Saturdays.
General Interest
Nicknames
Stove (nbcolympics.com, 08 Jun 2021)
Hobbies
Skateboarding. (nbcolympics.com, 08 Jun 2021)
Hero / Idol
US divers David Boudia and Mark Lenzi. (nbcolympics.com, 08 Jun 2021; purduesports.com, 12 Mar 2019)
Injuries
A stress fracture to his right foot meant he was unable to compete between November 2017 and January 2018. In April 2018 he competed with the injury at the World Series event in Montreal, QC, Canada. He underwent foot surgery in September 2018 and returned to training in November 2018. He required further operations on the same injury in February 2019, October 2020, and June 2021. (Instagram profile, 14 Jun 2021, 21 Oct 2020; swimswam.com, 15 Nov 2018; fina.org, 28 Apr 2018; swimswam.com, 13 Feb 2019)

He competed with a broken ankle throughout the 2015 season. Doctors advised him to have surgery but he decided to continue competing. He wore a protective boot and used crutches when he was not diving. (nbcolympics.com, 29 Mar 2016)

In 2009 he suffered a major head injury after hitting his head on the 10m platform. The back of his skull was deeply cut and required 33 stitches to close the wound. He was also found to have a concussion, and experienced memory problems after the injury. (nbcolympics.com, 29 Mar 2016; teamusa.org, 18 Jun 2010)

In 2006 he broke his right wrist and every knuckle on his right hand. (nbcolympics.com, 08 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2018 he was named Purdue University Male Athlete of the Year in the United States of America. (purduesports.com, 01 Aug 2019)

While competing for Purdue University he was named Big Ten Conference Diver of the Year in 2015, 2017, and 2018. He was also named the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America [CSCAA] Diver of the Year in 2015 and 2017. (purduesports.com, 01 Aug 2019)
Famous relatives
His brother Race played American football for Purdue University in the United States of America. His father played baseball at Sam Houston State University in the United States of America. (teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2016)
Other information
TOKYO TRIAL DISAPPOINTMENT
He withdrew from the 2021 US Olympic Diving Trials in Indianapolis, IN, United States of America, in order to undergo a third operation on a foot injury he had been troubled by for several years. "I've endured two failed surgeries, years on and off of crutches and have pushed as hard as I physically can, but unfortunately my foot is in too much pain to continue competing at trials. I've been through hell and back with my foot and desperately need this pain to stop. I can barely walk and that makes diving incredibly difficult. The timing of this is devastating. My foot has not been healthy for six years now but over the past few months, my pain has been increasing to a level that is not sustainable to push through anymore. If anyone has seen me recently, you've seen me struggle to walk. I'll share more about all of this later, but know this is a decision that I'm making for my physical, spiritual, and mental health." (Instagram profile, 14 Jun 2021, 09 Jun 2021; swimswam.com, 10 Jun 2021)

OCCUPATION
Alongside diving he works part-time as a freelance videographer for wedding and events. (nbcolympics.com, 08 Jun 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 447.85
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform Synchro  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform Synchro  
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 1m Springboard 392.50
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard 394.55
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 406.83
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 436.35
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2020 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 440.15
2 2020 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard Synchro 392.67
7 2014   10m Platform  
3 2014 Gatineau, QC, CAN 10m Platform 474.70
4 2014 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform 467.60
4 2014 Guanajuato, MEX 10m Platform Synchro 398.82
26 2013   10m Platform  
9 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform 391.95
30 2012   10m Platform  
5 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 388.98
6 2010 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 375.39
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Lima, PER 10m Platform 448.55
4 2019 Lima, PER 10m Platform Synchro 368.61
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2020 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard Synchro 380.01
15 2018   3m Springboard  
10 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 3m Springboard 397.20
11 2016   10m Platform  
4 2016 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 407.10
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 419.88
4 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 499.75
4 2016 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 438.33
10 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 420.10
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 412.53
13 2015   10m Platform  
2 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 431.52
4 2015 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 503.45