Chris Mears: Out of the Depths

Published on 13/03/2017

Diving sensation Chris Mears overcomes personal loss and life threatening illness to win Olympic gold.

Chris Mears is no stranger to struggle. After a competition in 2009, he was rushed to hospital where he had his spleen removed. While fighting for his life in an induced coma, he heard doctors discussing his chances, just a 5% likelihood of survival, and when he woke up he was told he’d never compete again. But Chris didn’t listen. With the help of those around him, he battled through months of rehabilitation and eventually made it back into the training gym. Then, beyond everyone’s expectations, he qualified for the Rio Olympics, and won the gold medal.