Laura Wilkinson

Diving

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Events: 10-meter, synchronized 10-meter (with Jessica Livingston)
Height: 5' 6"
Degree: B.S. Public Relations (2001)
Club: Woodlands Diving Team
Trains: The Woodlands, Texas
Coach: Ken Armstrong
National Team: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

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Career Highlights

  • 2005 World Championship platform gold medalist
  • 2004 World Cup platform gold medalist
  • 2000 Olympic platform gold medalist
  • 1998 Goodwill Games platform gold medalist
  • 1995 World Cup bronze medalist in platform synchro
  • 2000, 2004 and 2005 USA Diving Athlete of the Year
  • 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team member
  • 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 World Cup team member
  • 2005 World Championships team co-captain
  • 1998, 2003, 2005 , 2007 World Championship team member
  • 2003 Pan American Games team member
  • 1998 and 2001 Goodwill Games team member
  • 19-time U.S. national champion
  • 14-time U.S. national team member
  • 8-time NCAA All-American
  • 1997 and 1999 NCAA champion

Personal:
Daughter of Edward and Linda Wilkinson ... has one brother, Robert (born 6/4/73) ... married Eriek Hulseman on Sept. 7, 2002 ... nicknames are La-La and Wilkie ... Laura greatly appreciates the support she receives from her family ... has two dogs and two cats ... enjoys  drawing, writing, reading and making collages ... ... Prior to the Sydney Olympics, she made a collage with pictures and cutouts from magazines that inspired her or made her laugh and she's started cutting up magazines for a collage to inspire her going into the Beijing Games ... volunteers with children's organizations and does speaking engagements ... a gymnast for seven years ... has been diving since age 15 ... enjoys all of her dives ... trains six or more hours a day, six days a week ... listens to music or plays cards, talks and laughs between dives during a contest ... before every dive recites Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." ... has her own web site, www.laurawilkinson.com ... Likes to watch the movie "Miracle" for inspiration before big meets.

Other Accomplishments: 2005 USA Diving Athlete of the Year and Sullivan Award finalist ... 2004 USA Diving Athlete of the Year ... 2003 WHOSAM Recipient...2001 USOC Female Athlete of the Year-Diving ...2000 U.S. Diving Athlete of the Year ... 2000 USOC Female Athlete of the Year-Diving... 2000 Top 5 Finalist for the Sullivan Award ... nominated for an ESPY Award in 2000 (Female U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year) ... was on the Wheaties box following the 2000 Olympic Games... 1997 and 1999 NCAA platform champion ... platform gold medalist at the 1998 Goodwill Games ... received 1997 Athlete Performance Award at the U.S. Outdoor Championships.