Jordan Windle, a 16-year-old North Carolina resident and a high school student at Pearson Online Academy, is one of the best divers in the world.
Nicknamed “Little Louganis” because his diving style is so similar to that of his idol and mentor, legendary diver Greg Louganis, Jordan—at only 13 years old—was the youngest diver to compete in the 2012 USA Diving Olympic Trials. In 2013, Jordan won the Junior National Championship title on the 10-meter platform. He went on to be the only male diver on Team USA to win a gold medal at the Junior Pan-American Championships. In August 2014, Jordan won more medals than any diver competing at the Junior National Championships. He won four gold medals (1-meter and 3-meter springboards, synchronized 3-meter springboard, and synchronized platform). He also won a silver medal on the individual platform. The following week, he competed at the United States National Championships and became one of the youngest divers to win the United States men’s 10-meter platform event, which earned him the title of 2014 National Champion in men’s diving. Jordan completed the summer season by competing at the Junior World Championships in Penza, Russia. He was named Team USA captain and made the finals in all four contested events, with a highlight of being 4th in the world on the 10-meter platform.
Jordan now has his sights set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he hopes to compete once again for Team USA. To achieve his goal, Jordan moved from Indiana (where he was a student at Indiana Connections Academy) to North Carolina in order to train with Nunzio Esposto at Duke University. Both Indiana Connections Academy, a K–12 virtual public school, and Pearson Online Academy, the online private school Jordan currently attends, have been hugely important in his life. Online learning’s flexibility helps Jordan juggle schoolwork and his rigorous training and completion schedule; its rigor and high quality mean that Jordan doesn’t have to choose between diving and getting a top-notch education. Adopted from Cambodia as a child, Jordan, with his dad, Jerry, wrote the children’s book An Orphan No More. Jordan has also participated in the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign, and he even did a Super Bowl commercial for Visa! The high caliber of the education Jordan is receiving today provides a solid foundation for whatever path he will choose to follow once he has completed his diving career.
I really like the program because it offers a great education and gives me flexibility with my training and competitive schedule.