A native Texan from the Woodlands, Wilkinson was a two-time NCAA champion for the University of Texas. She was the 2000 Olympic gold medalist on the 10m platform and also won the 2004 World Cup and the 2005 World Championships, becoming the only woman in history to win all three world titles in platform diving. Along the way, she has won 19 U.S. national titles, was voted by the American public the 2000 U.S. Olympic Spirit Award winner and was nominated for an ESPY award for Female U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year. She continues to give back to the sport she loves through the Laura Wilkinson Foundation.