August 24, 2001
Dale gave the credit for her gold medal in the women's three-metre
springboard diving final to an unusual source -- a hair dryer.
"It was cold in here," she said of the conditions
at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre last night. "There
was no hot water in the showers and the hot tub was cold,
too. I just don't move well in the cold, so I struggled in
the preliminaries. "But then I started warming myself
up under the dryer between dives. It really helped me to get
back on track and win." Once she warmed up, Dale, 19,
of Edmonton put together a stellar performance that was good
enough to win her second gold medal of the Games. She also
won gold in the one-metre springboard on Tuesday. Dale snatched
the gold away from Mariane Allaire-Morin, who had the lead
going into the last dive.
scored a 66.12 on her last dive for a total of 484.20 points.
Allaire-Morin, 18, of Laval, scored a 57.12 on her last dive
to give her a total of 478.44, less than six points back.
was pleased with her performance at the Games, as she won
one gold and two silver medals, but she said she knows she
could have done better. "I made some little mistakes
on a few dives and it cost me a chance at three gold medals,"
she said. "I'm happy with what I was able to do, but
I'm a little disappointed I didn't win more gold medals."
Dale said she hopes her results at the Games will lead to
bigger and better things. "I'm very excited. This was
a great experience," she said. "Hopefully this can
help me make the national team, so I can get a chance to compete
at international events.
Dupuis, 15, of Montreal, won the bronze medal. Quebec picked
up two more medals in the men's platform, the second final
of the night.
Leblanc won gold on the final dive. Leblanc scored a 77.76
on his last dive of the six-dive final -- an inward 3 1/2
somersault tuck -- for a total of Leblanc, 17, of Montreal
defeated Adam Morgan, of Portugal Cove, Nfld., by just over
10 points. Julio Abate, 16, of Montreal, won bronze, his second
bronze of the Games. Leblanc said winning his first medal
at the Games was a huge thrill. "I'm feeling very good.
I'm very excited," he said. "I'm shaking right now."
As soon as Leblanc hit the water he said knew he had won.
Morgan knew it too.
was frustrating to come so close and know I just missed out
on the gold," said Morgan, 20, who won a gold and two
silver medals. "But I'm happy to have just been able
to get through this." Morgan said he was far less than
100 per cent last night. "My back was killing me -- I
almost told my coach I wasn't going to dive in the final.
But I iced it down . . . and the Newfoundland fans helped
me get through the pain."
diver who was definitely feeling no pain last night was Riley
McCormick. McCormick, 9, of Victoria, was all smiles, happy
about making the final. "It was a great experience. The
whole thing was a lot of fun." McCormick wowed the crowd
in the semifinals, scoring two perfect 10s on his first ever
dive from the 10-metre platform in competition. McCormick's
coach, Trevor Palmatier, said the dive showed McCormick's
potential. "It was a great dive. I knew he could do it,"
he said. "It shows just how much he's capable of in the