Jack David Laugher MBE (pronounced LOR /lɔː/) (born 30 January 1995) is a British diver. A specialist on springboard, he competes in individual springboard events, and in synchronised events with Chris Mears. The duo won Britain's first ever Olympic gold medal in diving by winning the men's synchronised 3m springboard event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. A week later, Laugher won a silver in the men's individual 3m springboard at the same Games, becoming the first British diver to win multiple Olympic diving medals at the same Games.
Laugher was a double Commonwealth Games champion for England at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, and he was also the first British diver to win two medals at the 2015 World Championships. In 2015, Laugher won the overall title in the FINA Diving World Series for 3 metre springboard.
Laugher was born on 30 January 1995 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, to David and Jackie Laugher. He was educated at Ripon Grammar School, a co-educational state grammar school in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Laugher became interested in diving when he was seven during a family visit to Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool and a lifeguard told him to go for diving lessons. He began to learn diving at the Harrogate and District Diving Club at the Hydro. He broke his upper arm when he was 14 during a trampolining competition, and had a metal plate inserted to hold his humerus bone together.
Laugher has stated that his name is pronounced 'Law'.
Laugher won the one-metre and three-metre springboard titles at the 2010 European Junior Championships and the 2010 World Junior Championships.
In September 2010, he competed at the World Junior Championships in Tucson, Arizona and won gold at both the 1m and 3m springboard events. In October that year, he represented England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games where he was partnered with Oliver Dingley in the synchro.
Greg Louganis was reported as being impressed with Laugher's diving.
In 2012, Laugher was selected for the Great Britain 2012 London Olympics team. On 6 August 2012, he competed in the Men's 3 metre springboard, but he failed to make it to the semi-final stage. In October 2012, Laugher became the Junior World champion again, winning the 3m springboard in Adelaide, Australia. He won the 3m Synchro competition with Tom Daley.
Laugher first teamed up with Chris Mears in the 3-metre Springboard in 2013. In October 2013 he took on the role of Ambassador for the sport of VX.
In July 2014, he won bronze in the 3m springboard at the Wold Cup held in Shanghai. Soon afterwards at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won the Gold medal in the 1m springboard, then a second gold in the 3m synchro with Chris Mears.
At the 2015 World Championship in Kazan, Russia, Laugher and Mears won bronze in the 3m springboard synchro, thus qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Laugher then won a second bronze in the individual 3m springboard, making him the first Briton to win two medals in a World Championships.
In January 2016, Laugher suffered a foot injury while training. In May 2016, he won the 3m synchronised springboard at the European Championships in London with Mears, and a silver in the individual 3m springboard.
At the 2016 Olympics, Laugher and Mears became the first ever diving gold medal winners for Great Britain in the men's synchronised 3 metre springboard. first Olympic diving gold medal with victory in the men's synchronised 3m springboard in Rio. They scored 454.32, beating the American Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon (450.21) and the Chinese pair Qin Kai and Cao Yuan in bronze (443.70). Laugher also won Silver medal in the individual 3 metre springboard.
Laugher is currently dating Jessica Auty and he shares a flat with diving partner Chris Mears in Leeds. Laugher however said that he would be comfortable as an openly gay diver in an interview with Gay Times In 2013. Laugher said: "I have quite a few gay friends, just from school and people I've met through diving and my journey. Everyone should feel comfortable to be gay and be who they are."
Laugher, along with Mears, was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to diving.
|Olympics, 3m springboard synchronised||1st|
|Olympics, 3m springboard||27th||2nd|
|World Championships, 1m springboard||33rd|
|World Championships, 3m springboard||8th||3rd|
|World Championships, 3m synchro||3rd|
|European Championship, 3m springboard||6th||2nd|
|European Championship, 3m synchro||1st|
|Commonwealth Games, 1m springboard||1st|
|Commonwealth Games, 3m springboard||11th||2nd|
|Commonwealth Games, 3m synchro||7th||1st|
|FINA World Cup, 3m springboard||31st||8th|
|World Junior Championship, 1m springboard||1st|
|World Junior Championship, 3m springboard||1st||1st|
|World Junior Championship, 3m synchro||10th||1st|
|European Junior Championship, 1m springboard||1st|
|European Junior Championship, 3m springboard||1st|
|European Junior Championship, 3m synchro||4th|
|European Junior Championship, 10m platform||6th|
|British Championship, 3m springboard||14th||6th||8th||3rd||1st||1st|
|British Championship, 3m synchro||2nd||2nd|
|British Championship, 1m springboard||3rd|
|British Championship, 10m platform||8th||2nd|
|British Gas National Cup, 1m springboard||11th||1st||1st|
|British Gas National Cup, 3m springboard||4th||1st||1st|
|British Gas National Cup, 3m synchro||3rd|