Jordan Windle is a national champion diver before he’s old enough to be a licensed driver. Windle, who doesn’t turn 16 until November, convincingly won the men’s 10-meter title with 527.8 points Sunday to cap the final day of the U.S. national diving championships. Windle exceeded 90 points on each of his first three dives. He started his day by earning 103.6 points on a forward 4½-somersault tuck. That was the only 100-point dive by anyone in the six-day event. “It definitely boosted my confidence,” Windle said. “From there on, my coach was really excited for me and just told me to have fun and stuff. That’s what I did through the whole event.” This is the latest chapter in Windle’s compelling rise. Windle was born in Cambodia and was placed in an orphanage as a baby after his parents died. He was adopted as an 18-month-old and moved to the United States. He now lives in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Windle, who posted an It Gets Better video in 2011, was the grand marshal of an Indiana gay pride event in 2012 when he was just 13 years old. His website catalogs his life with his dads and his ambition to dive for the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. And if that’s not enough, he’s authored a children’s book about adoption. Titled An Orphan No More, the foreword is by Greg Louganis. (Tipped by JMG reader Jan)