**Spoiler Alert – If you have not yet watched the men’s 10m Platform Diving Olympic event and do NOT wish to the know the results yet, stop reading now, for those who wish to know how the event turned out, keep reading**
While Team USA dominates in the pool in the swimming events, for the last eight years there as been one aspect of the pool events that Team USA has not faired so well in, diving. In fact, in both the 2004 and 2008 games Team USA left the games empty handed in the diving events, and fact that the USOC was hoping to change in the 2012 Olympic games.
With the final diving event wrapping up today, Team USA has officially ended the diving drought that has effected us the last two games. Starting with the women’s 3m springboard synchronized event (synchronized events were introduced to the Olympics games during the 2000 Sydney games), Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston were the first to try to medal for USA earning a Silver medal and also becoming the first time Team USA has medaled in this event.
Next was the men’s 3m springboard event where veteran diver Troy Dumais (this is his forth Olympic games) and his new diving partner Kristian Ipsen would continue the medaling streak for Team USA, earning a Bronze medal for Team USA.
After failing to get medals in both the individual 3m springboards and the women’s 10m platform (both individual and synchronized), it fell to the men’s platform divers to try to get Team USA two more medals. Synchronized team of David Boudia and Nick McCrory went forth and earned Team USA it’s 3rd diving medal by getting a Bronze in the Synchronized Men’s 10m Platform event. After last night’s preliminary individual diving event, both Boudia and McCrory qualified to move forward to try to win Team USA’s first individual diving medal since 2000.
Following the semi-final (where the top 12 of the 18 move on) both of Team USA’s divers made it into the final to try to get USA one last diving medal. After the finals, Team USA finally got not only an individual medal but its first Gold diving medal of this London 2012 games. While Nick McCrory finished in the 9th place, it was David Boudia who upset China’s Qiu Bo and Great Britain’s Tom Daley and took the Gold. Daley, who got a chance to redo his first dive due to distraction from flash photography , landed with the Bronze medal. David Boudia is the first American to win gold in the men’s 10m platform diving event since Greg Louganis in 1988.
Overall, Team USA took home 4 diving medals – 1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze, and we could not be more proud of our divers.
Tomorrow night, August 12 is the final days of the games including the gold medal men’s basketball game and the closing ceremony. NBC Olympics has confirmed that the closing ceremony will be available via live stream on NBCOlympics.com and of course during the final night of Primetime coverage on NBC.
London 2012 Olympics Team USA Diving
[photos via NBC Olympics]