Since competing at her first Olympics at the age of 17, Loudy Tourky has become one of Australia's most successful female divers. In 2000 Loudy became the first Australian to win an Olympic medal in diving in 76 years and the first Olympic medallist for an Australian female diver ever. Despite tearing ligaments in her ankle only weeks before the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Loudy produced phenomenal results by winning two gold medals - successfully defending the 10m Platform title won in Manchester and winning the 10m Syncro. Loudy also won an Olympic bronze medal in Athens 2004.
Loudy was a former elite gymnast at the AIS before switching to diving in 1992. In 2005 Loudy won her eighth consecutive Australian title in the 10m Platform at the National Championships. At the 2005 World Championships Loudy claimed Australia's only diving medals winning silver in the 10m Platform and 10m Synchro. Loudy also won silver and bronze at the FINA China Grand Prix.
In 2003 Loudy became the first diver in history to win gold in the same events at three consecutive FINA Diving Grand Prixs. Loudy is a very tough competitor and showed tremendous courage to win silver in the 10m Synchro and finish 5th in the 10m Platform at the 2003 World Championships in Spain despite tearing a tricep on the first day of competition. At the end of the 2003 Grand Prix circuit Loudy finished ranked number one in the world.
In 2002 Loudy won the Nationals before claiming gold at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. At the 2001 World Championships she won bronze in the 10m Platform, becoming only the third Australian ever to win a diving medal since the championships began in 1973.
After finishing a respectable 19th at her first Olympics in 1996, Loudy managed to snatch bronze at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the 10m Synchro event and earned the Australian Female Diver of the Year crown.
Away from her full-time training schedule Loudy has just completed a degree in Media and Communications. Given the demands on today's elite athletes this is a remarkable commitment and a true reflection of Loudy's dedication to succeed on and off the platform.
Loudy is a great role model to all and has never ceased to demonstrate her commitment, ambition, great humility and sportsmanship, composure and modesty. She is engaged to be married in the new year to Carlton's AFL player Simon Wiggins and is working in marketing whilst she refreshes and leads into her fourth Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.
What you mightn't know
# Loudy would love to learn to surf & enjoys watching tennis and swimming
# Her nickname is Luli
# She relaxes by going to the beach and listening to music and has a great appreciation of food
# Her pet hate is cold weather & she is incredibly neat
# If she wasn't a diver she would like to be an aerial skier
# Loudy still gets scared on the 10m Platform!