U.S. divers Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen won the bronze medal in men’s synchronized three-meterspringboard diving Wednesday night – a long-awaited victory for Dumais, who is at the London Olympics for his fourth Summer Games. Favorites, Qin Kai and Luo Yutong of China won gold, while Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov of Russia earned the silver.
The U.S. men haven’t won an Olympic gold in platform diving since Louganis captured his second straight gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Games. As a mentor for USA Diving, Louganis is always telling athletes and coaches to focus on their performance. “You can’t be focusing on results. Results will happen, but first things first, you have to take care of your performance,” Louganis recently told genConnect.
Louganis can’t say enough about the importance of mentoring, particularly in trying to make sure that after their Olympic performances, Olympic athletes don’t fall through the cracks. Watch Louganis discuss with genConnect the importance of Olympic athlete aftercare, and what’s on his own personal bucket list:
Louganis was also on CNN’s Piers Morgan Wednesday night, talking about life after his HIV diagnosis. “Honestly, I didn’t think I’d see 30,” said Louganis, who is now 52. “But I wouldn’t wish my drug regimen on anyone.”
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