Lin Yue is one of China’s many shining diving stars, being two-time Olympic and three-time world champion. Lin will be among the favourites at the 2017 FINA World Championships in the Danube Arena as well.
Yue Lin was a military general of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. During Zhuge Dan's rebellion, he ended up being attacked and killed by Zhuge in 257 for accepting a secret letter from Jia Chong.
Well, a solid 1700 years later a gentleman with almost the same name – Lin Yue – wanted to conquer the world as well, but he chose a less dangerous job and became a diver.
Lin began gymnastics training at the age of five. He changed to diving at age eight in Guangzhou. Why this sport? Diving is popular in the province of Guangdong where he grew up. He was then selected by a coach to take up the sport.
He achieved his first notable international results at age 15, winning the gold medal both in the 10m synchro and the 10m platform events at the 2016 Asian Games in Doha, adding a gold and a silver medal at the 2006 FINA World Cup in Changshu.
Despite his young age he was already one of the favourites at the 2007 FINA World Championships, and he fulfilled his dreams by claiming gold with his partner Huo Liang in the 10m synchro and bronze in the 10m platform.
Lin seemed to be unstoppable, as he and Huo finished first place at the 2008 FINA World Cup and the 2008 Olympics (both held in Beijing), as well as at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome.
Lin was, however, very unlucky in the following years, being plagued by several injuries between 2009 and 2012. In addition, he cut his foot and had 11 stitches ahead of the 2013 World Championships.
Many athletes would have given up their career after so many obstacles and some people said he would not be as successful as he had been before, but he surprised the world by coming back and winning two gold medals at the 2014 World Cup in Shanghai. His partner in the synchro event was Cao Yuan, a year later, however, he won the gold medal in the same event with another Chinese super star, Chen Aisen at the 2015 FINA World Championships.
After finishing first at the 2016 Olympic Games, too, they will be beyond doubt the top favourites at the 2017 FINA World as well.
Lins motto is "Work hard to realise your dreams." It may sound somewhat a cliche, but knowing his career definitely it must have been true in the last decade.
Born: Chaozhou (China), July 24, 1991
Two-time Olympic champion (2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio de Janeiro, 10m synchro)
Three-time world champion (2007 Melbourne, 2009 Rome and 2015 Kazan, 10m synchro); bronze medallist (2007 Melbourne, 10m platform)
FINA World Cup: four-time gold medallist (2006 Changshu, 2008 Beijing and 2014 Shanghai, 10m synchro; 2014 Shanghai, 3m synchro)
Asian Games: two-time gold medallist (2006 Doha, 10m platform and 10m synchro)