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Laura Wilkinson

American Diver and Olympic Gold Medalist

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 Laura Wilkinson Biography

Laura Wilkinson’s first leap of faith from the 10 meter platform was at the age of 15. After being told by one of her teachers that she was too old to start a new sport, Laura plunged into diving anyway. Nine months later, she was kicked off of her high school diving team for being a “waste of space.” The next year, Laura won her first US National Title, made the US National Team, and earned a bronze medal at the World Cup.

Laura overcame great obstacles to win her first major international gold medal, the 1998 Goodwill Games. She is the only American diver to ever win a gold medal at this prestigious competition. In 1999 after winning her second NCAA Division 1 title, Laura left her college scholarship behind to return home to chase her Olympic dream.

Shortly before the 2000 Olympic Trials, Laura shattered her right foot in a training accident. But with a persevering heart, she was not deterred by this injury. Together, Laura and her coach, Kenny Armstrong, designed unique training methods to utilize the mental aspects of diving to keep Laura’s “head in the game.” She had just three weeks back in the water to physically train prior to the Olympic Trials. The mental training began to pay off when Laura won the Trials making her first Olympic Team. Three months later, while wearing a protective shoe to walk up the ladder to the platform, Laura made history in Sydney, Australia.

Beating what many said were impossible odds in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, Laura, starting in eighth place and with a broken foot, came from behind to win the 2000 Olympic platform gold medal.

Laura has also won the 2004 World Cup and the 2005 World Championships, becoming the first woman in history to win all three coveted world titles in platform diving. Along the way, she has won 19 US National Titles, been voted by the American public the 2000 US Olympic Spirit Award winner and was nominated for an ESPY award. Laura has also been inducted into the University of Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Honor, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.

People always notice something that sets Laura apart from her competitors, her smile. She smiles during the most pressure packed and fierce competitions, almost like she’s removed from the situation, acknowledging her family and teammates in the stands. Laura explains, “I smile because I love what I do. I make a commitment before the competition to enjoy the experience however it turns out.”

Today Laura enjoys sharing her story on stage to audiences as small as 25 and as large as 35,000 with many different themes and lessons always woven into her Olympic journey. She has also done color commentary for the sport of diving with several networks covering events from collegiate conference championships to Olympic Trials to the Youth Olympic Games to the World Series. Laura also had the opportunity to work at the 2012 London Olympic Games interviewing Olympic athletes and their moms for P&G and NBCOlympics.com.

Laura is also wife to Eriek and mommy to three amazing children by birth and adoption. To read more about her adventures in parenting, check out her blog. She has also been a contributing author to two books The Mom Quilt and The Goal and The Glory.

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Laura Wilkinson

American Diver and Olympic Gold Medalist

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The Woodlands, TX, USA
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Laura Wilkinson Biography

Laura Wilkinson’s first leap of faith from the 10 meter platform was at the age of 15. After being told by one of her teachers that she was too old to start a new sport, Laura plunged into diving anyway. Nine months later, she was kicked off of her high school diving team for being a “waste of space.” The next year, Laura won her first US National Title, made the US National Team, and earned a bronze medal at the World Cup.

Laura overcame great obstacles to win her first major international gold medal, the 1998 Goodwill Games. She is the only American diver to ever win a gold medal at this prestigious competition. In 1999 after winning her second NCAA Division 1 title, Laura left her college scholarship behind to return home to chase her Olympic dream.

Shortly before the 2000 Olympic Trials, Laura shattered her right foot in a training accident. But with a persevering heart, she was not deterred by this injury. Together, Laura and her coach, Kenny Armstrong, designed unique training methods to utilize the mental aspects of diving to keep Laura’s “head in the game.” She had just three weeks back in the water to physically train prior to the Olympic Trials. The mental training began to pay off when Laura won the Trials making her first Olympic Team. Three months later, while wearing a protective shoe to walk up the ladder to the platform, Laura made history in Sydney, Australia.

Beating what many said were impossible odds in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, Laura, starting in eighth place and with a broken foot, came from behind to win the 2000 Olympic platform gold medal.

Laura has also won the 2004 World Cup and the 2005 World Championships, becoming the first woman in history to win all three coveted world titles in platform diving. Along the way, she has won 19 US National Titles, been voted by the American public the 2000 US Olympic Spirit Award winner and was nominated for an ESPY award. Laura has also been inducted into the University of Texas Women's Athletics Hall of Honor, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.

People always notice something that sets Laura apart from her competitors, her smile. She smiles during the most pressure packed and fierce competitions, almost like she’s removed from the situation, acknowledging her family and teammates in the stands. Laura explains, “I smile because I love what I do. I make a commitment before the competition to enjoy the experience however it turns out.”

Today Laura enjoys sharing her story on stage to audiences as small as 25 and as large as 35,000 with many different themes and lessons always woven into her Olympic journey. She has also done color commentary for the sport of diving with several networks covering events from collegiate conference championships to Olympic Trials to the Youth Olympic Games to the World Series. Laura also had the opportunity to work at the 2012 London Olympic Games interviewing Olympic athletes and their moms for P&G and NBCOlympics.com.

Laura is also wife to Eriek and mommy to three amazing children by birth and adoption. To read more about her adventures in parenting, check out her blog. She has also been a contributing author to two books The Mom Quilt and The Goal and The Glory.

Laura Wilkinson Videos

  • Athens2004 Laura Wilkinson #1 - YouTube
  • 2000 Laura Wilkinson USA - 5251D - 8.5s 9s - Olympic Win ...
  • 2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson on how diving helped ...

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  • How to book Laura Wilkinson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Laura Wilkinson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Laura Wilkinson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Laura Wilkinson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Laura Wilkinson?

    Booking fees for Laura Wilkinson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Laura Wilkinson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Laura Wilkinson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Laura Wilkinson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Laura Wilkinson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Laura Wilkinson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Laura Wilkinson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Laura Wilkinson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Laura Wilkinson for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Laura Wilkinson generally travels from The Woodlands, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are . Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Laura Wilkinson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Laura Wilkinson Speaker Videos

  • Athens2004 Laura Wilkinson #1 - YouTube
    2000 Laura Wilkinson USA - 5251D - 8.5s 9s - Olympic Win ...
  • 2000 Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson on how diving helped ...

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