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Gladding, 31, defied the odds to appear in London after she almost lost her life following a horror accident at an event in Russia in February 2011.
Gladding was far more solid, with only fours for her penultimate back twoand-a-half somersault costing her as she finished just a place outside the cut in 19th, but still 6.
Just 17 months ago, Gladding was competing in Russia when she hit her head on the diving board and was left unconscious at the bottom of the pool.
Couch was overlooked by a British Diving selection panel, headed by controversial performance director Alexei Evangulov, despite beating Gladding into third place at the British Diving Championships - which doubled as the Olympic qualifiers - at the weekend.
Remarkably, Gladding was back on diving's highest board less than six months before top-10 finishes at the World Cup and European Championships this year marked a stunning comeback.
I want to be in top spot, but I can't do anything more than I did," said Gladding, 30.
Gladding says that a vacation together with in-laws can help children bond with their grandparents better.
Our manufacturing staff is very flexible and have been cross-trained to accommodate each product line," said Gladding Company President, Sparky Christakos.
So thanks Mr Gladding - we have lost another of the good 'uns.
Gladding was handed her Olympic debut in Great Britain's 12-member diving team 16 months after she almost died following a freak accident at a meet in Russia.
MONIQUE GLADDING moved a step closer to a dream first Olympics after comfortably winning through to today's semi-finals of the women's platform at the FINA World Cup in London.