continues the rich tradition of exceptional coaching as
the new Head Coach of the Mission
Viejo Nadadores Dive Team. Head Coach, Kim Berbari,
turned over the reighs to KZ in October as she and husband
Luis await the arrival of the first child in January.
On her decision to find a new head coach for the Nadadores
Dive Team, Berbari said, “KZ will be excellent for
the program and has all the ability and experience to
bring the Nadadores back to the National Champions they
ATHENS Olympic medallists will receive more direct
payments from the Australian Olympic Committee to help
fund their training for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
under guidelines to be put before the AOC board this week.
Gold medallists could receive up to $10,000 more in funding
for their four-year Olympic quests through an extension
of the AOC's direct funding of medallists and their coaches.
Nov. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Olympic golden medal winners and
lovers, Tian Liang and Guo Jingjing,
have been dumped from China's special diving training
team for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games...The golden partners
were besieged by rumors that they were involved in a triangle
love, so both Olympic champions were demoted to their
provincial sports teams.
Nov. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese sport stars Tian Liang
and Guo Jingjing, who monopolized the
top spots at the Olympic diving championship in Athens
this year, have been nominated for the “Best Image”
award at the MTV Style Awards 2004.The popular divers,
allegedly lovers, are still bathing in an endless round
of celebrity interviews, paparazzi lenses, and gossip
scandals that have started since their return from Athens
this September...However, they have been criticized for
being absent from training and were urged to rejoin the
national diving team by the team recently.
schools take thousands of very young children and groom
them for glory. In four years' time, it should be the
most successful Olympic nation on earth. Sam Wollaston
reports....It's a pyramid, with a massive base - the 300,000
children in the country's sports school....The other criticism
aimed at the Chinese Olympic programme is that it's about
targeting all the so-called soft medals - in shooting,
diving, and table tennis. more
"She has a lot of talent, but
she's barely beginning to use that talent," head
diving coach Abel Sanchez said.
Barras' undefeated streak is at four
straight, with eight consecutive wins in both the one-
and three-meter board competitions.
exhilarating and captivating, yet full of grace and beauty,
diving is the next big thing in sport, writes Anna Millar....
But diving is back in vogue. Not just because it’s
finding its feet in the mainstream limelight, but because
recent sports funding, filtering through from the government
and local authorities, has put it back on the financial
and social agenda.
A coach and
parent interviewed said a riot almost ensued at the pool
after meet organizers began asking fans to leave the center
after the diving event. Fans were asked to buy another
ticket for the swimming finals. In the State Class
1A boys’ diving event sophomore Taylor Dehn lost
a close battle for the state title to Admiral Farragut’s
Austin Hampton. Dehn
took second with 504.75 points to Hampton’s 526.65.
Dehn’s father, Michael said Taylor missed his back
years, less and less USA divers got into Olympic gold
metal finals. Could it be that diving is not a sought
after summer activity ...Let us bring back the sound of
the "boom-at-a-boom, boom" of the board reverberated
propelling someone into the air. The sound of which beckoned
everybody's head to turn poolside.
state diving championships
11 dives - 1. Chelsea Ray, Dimond, 358.60; 2. Sasha Porter,
Soldotna, 341.70; 3. Megan Morton, Dimond, 340.00; 4.
Melissa Wood, Lathrop, 329.95; 5. Marnita Coenraad, Juneau-Douglas,
303.50; 6. Kristine Kintz, Dimond, 300.50; 7. Caitlin
Moore, East Anchorage, 295.30; 8. Janae Purcella, South
Anchorage, 263.85. Other Southeast: (cut after five dives)
15. Holly Trucano, Juneau-Douglas, 106.65; 16. Tanya Trucano,
Juneau-Douglas, 106.00; 18. Monica Daugherty, Juneau-Douglas,
99.30. Boys 1-meter 11 dives - 1. David
Arlington, Pacific Northern Academy, 453.40; 2. Ryan Borup,
Ketchikan, 443.20; 3. Matthew Arb, Service, 375.65; 4.
Nick Wise, Colony, 355.65; 5. Zach Bunker, South Anchorage,
339.00; 6. Brett Frazer, Service, 299.00; 7. Andy Knowles,
Kenai Central, 289.25; 8. Brandon Gonski, Colony, 273.50.
Other Southeast: (cut after five dives) 13. Alex Weissburg,
"Well I'd hope that they all do actually. I've been looking forward to
Andy Bradley. He was 2nd in the nation
last year. Dean Emmerton I think he can.
I hope Ian Balman can compete in the
Top 12 in the SEC and possibly qualify for the NCAAs."
As she stood
atop the diving board at yesterday's Section 1 Diving
Championships, the strain of the second-place diver just
a few points away wasn't enough. She kept telling herself,
"You've only got one chance. You're either going
to make it or break it. There's no tomorrow."
Bryan Nickson has become Malaysia's first
world junior diving champion. ...Thomas Finchum
of United States took silver with 381.70 points and Russia's
Artem Lvov won the bronze on 381.70....Bryan, in a telephone
interview from Belem yesterday, said that he was delighted
to become the first Malaysian diver to win a gold in the
world junior championships.