Dumais qualifies for fourth Olympics
Troy Dumais qualified for his fourth Olympic diving team Friday night, joining Greg Louganis as the only American men to do so. Dumais teamed with Kristian...
The Associated Press
FEDERAL WAY — Troy Dumais qualified for his fourth Olympic diving team Friday night, joining Greg Louganis as the only American men to do so.
Dumais teamed with Kristian Ipsen to win the 3-meter springboard synchro title at the U.S. trials with 1,296.21 points.
"It's very satisfying," Dumais said. "Four Olympics is a phenomenal feat. Even Greg will tell you it's nice to go to four Olympics, but it's nicer working your tail off and achieving goals and going after the dreams that you have."
Chris Colwill, a 2008 Olympian, and Drew Livingston finished second at 1,263.51, but only the winners earned berths in the London Games.
Dumais and Ipsen left the door open after their next-to-last dive, when their lead over Colwill and Livingston shrank to 24.78 points. Dumais and Ipsen struggled with their execution on a reverse 3 ½ somersaults tuck, their toughest dive worth a 3.5 degree of difficulty. They earned 69.30 points, getting 5.0s for execution and 7.0s for synchronization.
Colwill and Livingston, diving just ahead of the leaders, did their best to put pressure on in the final round. They earned 79.80 points for a reverse 3 ½ somersaults tuck, which carried a DD of 3.5.
"They didn't put it away for us and kept us interested," said Livingston, who with his partner trailed by 27 points going into the final. "We said let's give them a contest and make them earn it."
Dumais and Ipsen did just that, hitting a forward 2 ½ somersaults with two twists for 87.72 points to close out the six-round final.
"It was a one-dive contest. Going into it, both Troy and I pretended like we didn't have a lead," Ipsen said. "We were going in aggressive. We went after all of our dives."
Justin and Dwight Dumais, Troy's brothers, partnered to finish third with 1,151.46.
At 32, Troy Dumais is the veteran of the national team, with only an Olympic medal missing from his collection of hardware from world championships, Pan American Games, World Cups and national meets. In three previous Olympics, he finished no higher than sixth in individual competition and fourth in 3-meter synchro in 2000.
"That's the goal, that's the dream," Dumais said of winning an Olympic medal of any color. "That's why I'm not just going to sit back."