"I told Tom [three years ago] maybe you can become a good springboard diver as well," said Great Britain diving performance director Alexei Evangulov.
"He was laughing but now you see that this is a reality."
The Russian added: "Frankly speaking, I didn't plan a gold medal for Tom and Jack in the 3m.
"It was so amazing because when a platform diver makes a medal on springboard it's something special."
Evangulov drew comparisons with China's Ni Xiong, who, after winning silver at the 1988 Games and bronze in 1992 in the 10m platform event, went on to
collect three golds
in the 3m springboard golds over the next two Olympics.
Evangulov insists the 10m event will remain Daley's focus, but that competing at 3m would benefit the Great Britain team.
"The more pairs we have in the team the better because it creates internal rivalry," Evangulov said.
"We have a very strong pair in Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears and if we have another pair it will be great for both."
Speaking after victory alongside Laugher last week,
Daley told BBC Sport
he was open to the idea of more springboard competitions.
"For me it's something that I do mainly for fun or as a warm-up," said Daley, who finished seventh in the 3m springboard at the 2011 Russian Grand Prix. He also
won gold in the 10m platform
Daley dives to London Olympic bronze
"There is still the possibility of me doing the springboard for maybe the 2016 Games or the 2020 Games."
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