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People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
31 August 1991
160 cm
English, Mandarin
Higher education
Sport Studies - Southwest University: Chongqing, CHN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began professional training in 2003 in Chongqing, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She was noticed by a gymnastics coach when she was in kindergarten. She turned to diving after practising gymnastics for five years.
Club / Team
Chongqing: China

General Interest

Mao-Mao (Weibo profile, 14 Oct 2018)
Reading, learning English, watching films. (, 08 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the individual and synchronised 3m springboard events at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Weibo profile, 14 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Chinese divers Wu Minxia and Guo Jingjing. (, 03 Sep 2018;, 20 Jul 2019)
She was troubled by a lower back injury during the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (, 19 Jul 2019;, 20 Jul 2019)

She twisted her ankle and missed one week of training in March 2019. (, 10 Mar 2019)

She was troubled by an injury to her waist area and a herniated disc in late 2017 and early 2018. (, 30 Apr 2018, 10 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Remain true to your original aspiration and keep your mission firmly in mind." (, 20 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 and 2019 she was named one of China's Top 10 Athletes of the Year by Xinhua News Agency. (, 26 Dec 2018;, 28 Dec 2019)

She was named Female Diver of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (, 10 Feb 2020;, 17 Dec 2018;, 17 Dec 2018;, 19 Mar 2016, 04 Dec 2016;, 04 Dec 2017)

In 2010 she received the Sports Medal of Honour from the General Administration of Sport of China. (, 12 Jan 2012)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 19 Jul 2019;, 26 May 2020)
Other information
In September 2017 she was appointed to the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Athletes' Committee. She was also appointed to the FINA Technical Diving Committee. (, 20 Sep 2017)

She has studied for a master's degree in sports studies at Southwest University in Chongqing, People's Republic of China. (, 14 Sep 2016)

Her father changed her name from Shi Tingting at age nine. He removed the second 'ting' as in Chinese it means 'stagnation'. He added 'mao' on the end of her name as it is an uncommon word which means 'hard work'. (, 23 Nov 2009)