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June week 1 and 2, 2004

OLYMPIC diver Ruiz, now healthy, hoping to medal in Athens

"I dive with emotions. I'm a very passionate person, about my sport and about what I do."...His diving coach, Jay Larew of Team Orlando, says, "When the chips are down, he'll do it."

Extreme sport has competitors on the edge - of cliffs

A potential Olympic sport? Cliff diving reaches new heights in the Kimberley...Some of the world's leaders in the sport of cliff diving have been touring the Kimberley's most spectacular gorges in pursuit of the ultimate dive.

Chantelle Michell and Robert Newbery bare all for gold and glory

"Black and White is well known for creating some beautiful photos. "I just hope the rest of Australia can appreciate the great bodies that are in that magazine." Hanson said athletes had not been paid to appear in the magazine, which would gross $2.5 million if sold out.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn senior diver Caesar Garcia capped off a huge week, he was named the '04 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.
PURDUE diver makes it to finals of US Olympic Trials
US Diving, Cloudy Future: Commentary PETE HAYES , Sports Editor
Cassidy Krug Finishes Eighth In 3-Meter At U.S. Olympic Trials
Retired athletes face tough road

Fu Mingxia, who also won many gold medals in Olympics and world championships, entered Tsinghua University right after retirement and is already a happy mother, having married Hong Kong's former Financial Secretary Anthony Leung.... Some athletes chose to continue their sports careers as coaches, such as the former "Diving Queen" Gao Min,

Wilkinson Athens Bound by Ron Kontura
BYU Divers heading to the Olympic Games
USAdiver.com will have more Olympic News from the USA and the rest of the world, with constant updates. Only 59 more days

US Olympic Trials Results and News
Diving Trials Photo Galleries
Controversy at diving trials

...U.S. diving's glory days are graying alongside four-time gold medalist Greg Louganis, who worked the trials crowd one day last week with a signing pen and a handshake...That reality has U.S. diving officials trying to maximize the U.S. team's medal potential, even at the cost of some trials controversy.

On to the Games (A good USD Article)

Twenty years ago, the results of the U.S. Olympic diving trials would have all but foretold the results of the Olympics. .... "It used to be that sports added something to the rest of your life," O'Brien said. "Now they're what you do instead of the rest of your life." more

U.S.relief: Gold medalist aboard
USA Diving officials were holding their breath the final night of competition at the Olympic diving trials at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Mo....Had Olympic gold medalist Laura Wilkinson of Spring, Texas, not won the women's platform title Sunday to earn the final spot on the U.S. team, there would have been plenty of second-guessing.

RESULTS Women’s 10m Final I All Results
Olympic diver's family imprisoned during World War II
VIOLA finishes second; Hildebrand will join Wilkinson
HAIL CAESAR!! Round by Round Review Men's 10 meter
Diver's dream comes true
HIS Olympic dream will have to wait
Experience Towers over Youth Men’s Syncro10-meter by Round
Garcia nearly perfect in surreal men’s 10m platform trial

Fearful Ruiz abruptly pulls out; Soldati onto 1st Games with win in women’s springboard Mark Ruiz climbed to the next-to-last ledge of the 33-foot-high tower — and couldn’t go any farther. more

OLD-TIMER Soldati claims spot on Olympic diving team
Soldati/Kunkle Athens Bound I Results

The contest came down to the last dive, a 305B, by the last diver, Soldati. Kimiko rose to the occasion and received 8’s from the judges and a 10-point victory over Kunkel and a 14-point margin over 2000 Olympian, Michelle Davidson. more

Results Women’s 3M Springboard Final
Results Men’s Platform Final

Brennen’s Courageous Battle by Ron Kontura

Life is hard and can get difficult at times. How we respond under these circumstances can determine the outcome. On Tuesday night at the Olympic Trials in St. Louis an individual took the board and competed in an event that she qualified for over a year ago, but a lot can happen in a year. more

3 meter Men's Finals Round by Round Review
Wilcock joins Troy Dumais on U.S. team

"It's a bit of disbelief," said Wilcock, a Utah native who has been training at The Woodlands, Texas, the past two years. "I think I'm still in a bit of shock." ..Dumais had no such emotion, though he was ready to celebrate after a long week of diving. ...
"Call the casino," he said as he left the news conference. "They're going to lose some money tonight."

MONTOUR (PA) HS.grad hopeful for Olympic spot

Wilcock clinches Olympic berth

"My expectations ever since I've been in Texas with Kenny has been training for the gold medal," Wilcock said. "And so as I prepare this next month before we go to Athens, I'm going to train with that goal in mind."

Change no help to Finchum, 14
Results Men's 3M Finals
DIVING'S former golden boy back in Olympics
HILDEBRAND-CARDINELL knock off gold medalist
TWO Buckeye Divers Close Olympic Chase at US Team Trials
Diver John VanPortfleet (Northview) has been recognized as Oakland University's top student-athlete during the winter sports season because of his 3.96 gpa.
Hildebrand, Ruiz qualify for U.S. Olympic Diving Team
Interactive: Ins and outs of Olympic diving
Seattle sports festival planned

The inaugural event would feature competition from June 9 -12, 2005. As many as 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in sports ranging from track and field to basketball to diving to table tennis and badminton. Venues will include KeyArena, the Tacoma Dome and Seahawks Stadium.

Hoosiers headed to Olympics (Great Photo)
WILKINSON, Soldati Beaten in Trials
HILDEBRAND, Cardinell win synchronized title (good photo)
DISEASE diagnosis doesn't deter diver

The disease most often strikes middle-aged women. "A 25-year-old male elite athlete is about as far from the stereotypical Graves patient as you can get," he says. Now, he has his doctors baffled.

Results Men's Synchro Platform Finals
Women's Synchro Plaform Finals
Results Men's Synchro Platform Prelims

Round by Round Review Men's Synchro Platform Prelims

Dumais brothers are clear winners (Great Photo)
At the age of 12, Madison Palmer was an active youngster looking for another sport.
CHINESE diving Olympic line-up undecided until July
Diving into media spotlight

Blythe Hartley appears as comfortable in front of a camera as she is atop a board "The Olympics are like no other meet you'll ever go to and I've attended a lot of meets," said Hartley, holder of 17 Canadian titles and a double-gold medallist at the 2003 Pan-Am Games. "The whole world has this one thing to focus on for two weeks."

Witt takes dive for Missouri
Woman's Synchronized Platform Prelims Also Round by Round

Sara Hildebrand and Cassandra Cardinell were flawless in their execution and near perfect in their Syncro to take the lead over 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, Laura Wilkinson and Kimiko Soldati 326.97 to 304.02. more

Olympic champ Tian Liang to compete in Diving Super Final in Mexico
Women’s Platform Synchro Prelims results

Results Men’s 3M Springboard Synchro Prelims I Finals
Men’s 3M Springboard SynchroRound by Round Review

In the 3rd round, Troy and Justin “RIPPED” their 107B for 9’s and put themselves ahead of the pack to stay for the rest of the day. In third place with a score of 291.93 are Clayton Moss, Kentucky Diving and Justin Wilcock, CTC. more

Woman's 3M Round by Round Review
Canadian diving team become ambassadors for sun protection
The team members will receive major financial support from Ombrelle
Results Women’s 3M Springboard Prelims and Semis USA O Trials

Plymouth's Gerrard Diving Club's under-18 team have become British champions after returning with a haul of medals from the National Age Group Championships..more

“Soldati Soars” into the Lead

Springing ahead of the rest, Kimiko Soldati leads the women’s 3-meter event at the USA Olympic Diving Trials in St. Louis, Missouri. Soldati, CTC, leads by 19 points over Rachelle Kunkel, Trojan Dive Club. 2000 Olympian Michelle Davidson is in the hunt for another O-Team spot in 3rd place, 7 points out. more

ree Hoosiers Advance to Finals I BRICKER and Rubstein Qualify for Finals I AU Divers Doing Well I ANOTHER Hoosier in Olympic contention

TARANTINO qualifies for springboard finals; Gorton retires
Men’s 3M Springboard Prelims and Semis Results
Troy Catapults into Lead after Voluntaries by Ron Kontura

Who says voluntary dives don’t matter. After the prelim and semis of day two at the Olympic Diving Trials in St. Louis it is the difference between the first and second place divers on the 3-meter springboard. more

DUMAIS leads semifinals in 3-meter springboard I Diver Dumais bounces back to lead trials

JONES, Wilcock in Tight Battle for Second I FHS (FLA) graduate vies for Olympic berth

Surprise showing from Kirkpatrick I
Richeson Advances to the Finals at U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving

Monache Marauders (CA) Diving coaches Wade Southwick and Glenn Tiderman awarded junior Nathan Honka and the most valuable diver award to Valley finalist junior Micah Frederick.

2004 Senior National Information

Host: Mission Viejo Nadadores Diving Team
Meet Director: Abel Sánchez
Meet Site: Mission Viejo A. C., Mission Viejo, CA
Dates: July 20 th-25 th

Montgomery County divers off to strong starts at the Olympic Diving Trials
Road to Athens: Pleasant Hills' Ryan Fagan's high school had no diving team, not even a pool
US 2004 Olympic Diving Trials - More news, More stories coming
Women's Platform Prelims I Semis
Laura Leads, Livingston feels right at Home!

Laura Wilkinson. From the first dive to the last, Laura led the event and looked in Gold Medal form. Jessica Livingston from the Woodlands Diving team is in second place with a score of 502.53. Jessica, who began her diving career at the Rec Plex in St. Louis with Doug Beavers and Lighting Diving more

Men's Platform Prelims I Semis I Review "Caesar Rules"

After the first two rounds of diving in St. Louis, Missouri, it is Auburn Diving’s Caesar Garcia leading the way with a total score of 647.25. Thomas Finchum, Indianapolis Regional Training Center is in second with 620.13. more

A champion by any scale

First for Kellie Brennan came the diagnosis of Crohn's disease in 2002. Next up was treatment for cervical cancer in January last year - about two weeks before she underwent surgery for a brain tumor.
"Everybody's got something, right?" Brennan said, laughing. "You become a warrior. You become a soldier." And, somehow, you stay a diver: more

West Virginia University Seek Diving Coach
Splashless entry sent ripples through the sport (1904-2004)
Diver learned her sport at the Rec-Plex
DESPATIE sharp, Comtois wins Olympic berth at Canadian diving
WILKINSON is ready to make another splash (good photo)
CANADIAN Olympic diving team set
Arc of a diver
"He lives a clean life," O'Brien said. "He works hard and has a great attitude. He's married, his wife is pregnant and he works a full-time job and trains full time while pursuing a dream.

OLYMPICS hopefuls aiming to make big splash in diving trials
Wilkinson's return comes full circle

The interviewer, a reporter for a Chinese television station, spoke perfectly good English, so Laura Wilkinson had no problems understanding the question. Exactly how does it feel, Wilkinson was asked, to be a has-been? more

HARTLEY nails Olympic spot
NERVOUS Hartley dives at her best

But losing her lunch wasn't on the menu for Hartley yesterday at the Diving Olympic Trials. ... She already had a spot sewn up in the women's 3-metre springboard

HEYMANS earns Olympic berth in 3-metre springboard
Syracuse hires Chris Waters who replaces Jeff Keck, who retired after 22 seasons
Berg and Hallyburton sign with Purdue
DESPATIE'S ready to dive right in
TERAUCHI, Miyazaki qualify for grand prix final
AUBURN Divers in St. Louis for US Olympic Trials
Divers vying for Oly berths
BRYAN slips up in duel with Zibeon for platform title
St Albans youngsters dive into the medals
Memorial Invitational brings divers from U.S., Canada to WAC
Using adversity as springboard to success

Diving's cruel twists and turns fail to dim the competitive spirit of three Olympic hopefuls

Sarawak divers scoop up two more golds

SARAWAK continued with their domination in the diving competition when they picked up the two gold medals contested at the Aquatic Centre in Paroi yesterday....Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Jimie beat her more fancied rival and teammate Rosatimah Mohd to win her third gold medal in the individual girls' 10m platform event.

Viola Cady Krahn, a lifelong diver who held 17 masters world diving titles, has died. She was 102.I Photos and movies from Masters Web site.
Selangor diver Azheem seeks elusive gold

FORMER Olympian Mohd Azheem Bahari is back on the diving board after a two-year hiatus. 

Dive at Moss Farms before Summer Nationals
Moose Moss Invite Info and entry form

Ryan Funderburk, Summerfield, N.C., North Carolina Aquatic Club (Coach Kevin Lawrence). Runnerup at 2004 North Carolina High School Championships in one-meter diving. Member of the U.S. Junior National Trampoline Team. World Junior Trampoline Championships qualifier. Signs with University of North Carolina

Local diver shakes her fear factor

Fear is an emotion divers push out of their minds when they're on the springboard or platform....But Michelle Davison felt like she was walking the plank earlier this year after being overcome by vertigo-like symptoms on two of her most reliable dives....''It was really scary,'' she said. ``All of a sudden, I was getting lost on my dives. I smacked a couple times. Once that happens, you lose your confidence on the board.''

James-Khairul stun fancied rivals with their brave effort

Illinois State diver Katie Zaumseil (Boylan) earned academic honors and will train this summer at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of former Olympic silver medalist Michelle Mitchell-Rocha.

Geelong diver collects gold and silver medals
CANADIAN divers to battle for Olympic team spots in Winnipeg
Spotlight falls on China's Romeo and Juliet
Chinese supporters who filled half of the city's aquatics centre....The reason was the appearance of Tian Liang and Guo Jingjing, perhaps the most famous names in the sport, let alone China, where they have starred in a TV commercial performing a scene from Romeo and Juliet.

High hopes as two take plunge against system
If Leon Taylor and Peter Waterfield win Britain's first Olympic diving medals since Rome in 1960, they will achieve it by competing in Athens for eight seconds. .... "I was quite a hyperactive child. I was never diagnosed with anything but I was full of energy and they were told that if you want some rest then wipe him out, and they were told to put me in as many sports as possible."

Sarawak’s dynamic duo steal the show again in the pool
Comtois hopes he can finally catch a break
Reaching new heights With NAIA diving records in tow, Grant Brehaut propels into Olympic qualifier this week

USA Diving East Nationals Championships

Moltrie GA
April 2004
Photos by Joe Chirico

Up to 30 of Britain’s young diving talent will have access to financial support through the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

City swimmers clinch three gold Bombay,India
GUO wins again at Shanghai diving invitational

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