Diving princess' last big splash

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 May, 2008, 12:00am

The colourful love affairs of mainland diving princess Guo Jingjing are almost as famous as her elegant performances on the three-metre springboard.

Guo was born in Baoding, Hebei province, on October 15, 1981. She took up diving when she was 6 years old at the Baoding Training Base. The Beijing Olympics marks her 20th year in competitive diving and will probably be

her last. After Guo clinched the synchronised springboard gold medal with Wu Minxia and the individual 3m springboard gold medal at Athens Olympic Games in 2004, she was under the limelight of the world. Her beauty and talent attracted many sponsorship offers.

Since then, the Princess of Diving has moved from newspapers' sports pages to the entertainment pages and covers of gossip magazines. Guo was once banned by the national team for her commercial activities.

Guo's romances feature frequently in mainland and Hong Kong media. She is reputed to be the girlfriend of fellow Chinese diver Tian Liang. There have also been paparazzi shots of her dining with Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, the grandson of the Hong Kong business tycoon Henry Fok. Guo never denies nor admits any relationship.

Guo is still the leading female diver in the National Team. Her current hope is to clinch gold medals in Beijing as a perfect full stop of her diving competitive career.