Cassidy Krug was in the driver’s seat heading into the finals of the women’s 3-meter springboard at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and instead of being conservative with a 39.2 point lead, she put the hammer down and easily qualified for her first Olympic team.
After not making the team in 2008, the Stanford grad decided to give it one more shot and after four years of hard work, she will head to London as a member of the 2012 Olympic Team.
“It’s not even real right now,” said Krug. “I can’t believe I’m going to the Olympics. I’m so excited. I couldn’t have asked for a better day than today.”
As with many of the competitors in Federal Way, Wash., competing for an Olympic berth, Krug has had an Olympic dream since childhood.
“I think I’ve wanted to go to the Olympics since I was about 3,” she said. “I can’t believe I’m going to the Olympics.”
She accomplished her dream by putting together three lists of dives that were successively better. She bettered her prelims score of 359.40 by .05 in semifinals, and then finished even stronger in finals with a score of 376.0.
“Personally, I was very happy with my mindset throughout the meet,” said Krug. “I think I was able to stay calm, stay focused dive after dive, all 15 dives. I’m very happy with that. I think I can take that forward.”
Finishing in second and qualifying for her second Olympic team was Christina Loukas, who rebounded after finishing second in synchronized springboard earlier in the week and missing the team by .42 points.
“That was the longest week of my life,” said an obviously relieved Loukas. “But yes I’m happy and relieved.”
Both Loukas and Krug competed at the 2012 FINA World Cup that was held this past February in the Olympic pool in London, and as a result have experience at the venue and against many of the divers they will be facing.
“We were both in London at the World Cup,” said Loukas. “And we both dove pretty well. We know where we stand with the other divers, we know what our competition will be. I think we both feel ready.”
As to what it will take to medal, neither newly anointed Olympian would give specifics, just to say that they can only worry about their diving.
“If I can go and just dive the way I know how to dive I’ll be happy,” said Krug. “I felt like that a lot here (at the trials). I’ve put in all the work, I’ve done the numbers, I’ve learned what I needed and I want to go to the Olympics.”
“This time I kinda know what to expect at the Olympics,” added Loukas. “I have experience from 2008 and I have more confidence in my diving. I just know that I can compete with the top girls in the women’s 3-meter, so I’m ready to go.”
The women’s 2012 Olympic Games 3-meter springboard competition begins with the preliminaries on August 3rd.