Paris Olympics 2024 (Team USA): Meet Diver Tyler Downs

Tyler Downs, 20, is an American athlete who competes in Olympic diving competitions. Tyler is also popular on social media websites and apps.

Recently, Tyler and his diving partner earned a spot for the United States in a diving event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France. Their top finish at an important international diving competition qualified them to compete in Paris.

Tyler Downs qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024

Tyler Downs from Ballwin, Missouri, and his diving partner Greg Duncan from Oakton, Virginia finished in fourth place in the men’s synchronized 3-meter diving event at the World Aquatics Championships held in Fukuoka, Japan. Their fourth-place finish secured a spot for the United States in that same event at the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

During the competition, Downs and Duncan scored 76.50 points on their front 2 1/2 somersault dive with two twists. They added 77.52 points on their inward 3 1/2 somersault tuck dive and 71.61 points on their front 3 1/2 pike dive. Heading into the final round, they were in third place ahead of the French divers. However, on their reverse 1 1/2 somersault with 3 1/2 twists dive, they only scored 63 points. The French duo performed the same dive very well, scoring 78.75 points, allowing them to jump ahead and claim the bronze medal, pushing Downs and Duncan down to fourth place overall.

“It felt amazing being able to qualify Team USA for a quota spot for the Paris Olympics. Greg and I have worked so hard and it paid off, but we still have so much more we can put out. This is just the start, and it feels amazing to represent such an amazing country.”

Downs said.

Tyler Downs’s Date of Birth, Parents, Siblings, Family, Education, and Early Life

Tyler Michael Downs was born on July 19, 2003, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the youngest of seven children born to Theresa and Donnie Downs. Tyler stands at a height of 1.78 meters (5 feet 10 inches) tall and weighs 150 pounds. He is studying for a major in General Management.

Tyler Downs Mother
Image: Tyler Downs’s mother telling how he started his Diving career (Source: KSDK)

Tyler has six older brothers and sisters – brothers Christopher, Brandon, and Nicholas, and sisters Jordan, Emily, and Erin. All of his siblings were active in various sports like swimming, track and field, softball, soccer, football, and dance.

Tyler attended Laurel Springs Online School for his education. Tyler credits diving for shaping him into a champion and providing him with self-motivation and dedication. His coach John Wingfield has played an important role in teaching Tyler to be prepared for any situation in the sport. Tyler’s diving club is Purdue Diving.

Tyler Downs’s Early Career

He began diving at the young age of five years old. Since then, he became a three-time national champion, winning a silver medal at the 2018 World Junior Diving Championships, and earning a gold medal at the Junior Pan American Championships.

In 2013, Tyler competed in his first junior national diving competition. In 2016, he competed in his first senior national competition. At just 12 years old, he had already won the national championship for his age group on the 1-meter springboard. He also earned a spot on the Pan American Junior Diving team that year.

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In 2014, Tyler likely participated in the USA DIVING JUNIOR NATIONAL DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS. He placed 4th in the 11 & Under Boys 1-meter springboard event in the preliminary/quarterfinal round with a score of 213.35 points. Tyler won 1st place in the 11 & Under Boys 3-meter springboard final at the USA Diving Summer Junior Zone B Championships.

He won 1st place twice in both events at the USA Diving Spring Junior Region 5 Championships. He also took 1st place in all three events at the 9th Annual Tigertown Challenge.

In 2015, he ranked 1st in both events at the USA Diving Junior Region 7 Championships. He also participated in the USA Diving National Preliminary Zone D Championships, securing 1st place in all three events. At the USA Diving ATT National Diving Championships, he took 1st place twice out of the four events.

Tyler Downs National Championships

In 2016, Tyler participated at the John Smith Memorial Meet, earning 1st place in three out of the five events. At the USA Diving Synchronized National Championships, he took 1st place four times out of the five events. He also ranked 1st three times at the USA Diving Junior Region 7 Championships. Later that same year at the USA Diving National Zone D Meet, he placed 1st three times out of the five events.

In 2017, Tyler dominated by taking 1st place in all events at the USA Diving Synchronized National Championships. He also won 1st place in every event at the LEGENDS DIVING CUP.

In 2018, Tyler won the championship at the Orlando All-Star Invitational diving competition. He also participated in the trials for the USA Diving Junior World Championships, where he took 1st place in five out of ten events. That same year, he became the overall champion at both the USA Diving Junior Region 7 Championships and the USA Diving Zone D Championships.

In 2019, Tyler had great success at the Junior Pan American Championships. He won the gold medal in both the 3-meter springboard and synchronized 3-meter events. He also earned bronze medals in the 1-meter springboard and platform diving events. With these results, he became a three-time member of the Junior Pan American Championships team. Tyler also competed as part of the United States teams at the 2019 World Series events in Sagamihara, Japan, and Beijing, China.

Olympics and World Championships

In 2020, Tyler qualified to represent the United States in the men’s 3-meter springboard event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He earned this spot by winning the 3-meter at the U.S. Olympic trials, defeating his idol David Boudia in the process. However, at the Tokyo Olympics, Tyler struggled and failed to advance past the preliminary round, finishing in 23rd place out of 29 divers.

In 2021, Tyler competed again at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 3-meter springboard event after winning the trials to make the U.S. team. At the Junior Pan American Championships, he won multiple medals and continued showcasing his elite diving abilities.

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In 2022, Tyler participated in the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In the men’s 1-meter springboard, he achieved his personal best score of 293.10 points. He demonstrated great skill in the men’s 3-meter springboard at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, scoring 389.00 points.

In 2023, Tyler was the overall champion at the Moose Moss Invitational, taking 1st place in all three diving events. He also won 1st place at the USA Diving International Camp. At the USA Diving National Championships, he secured 1st place in two out of six events. Tyler added two more 1st place finishes out of four events at the USA Diving Winter Nationals.