The Road to Beijing:
Troy Dumais comes from a diving family. All four of his siblings are divers and he competed with his brother Justin at the 2004 Olympic Games in synchronized springboard. A California native, Troy dived for the University of Texas and trains in Austin, Texas, with his college coach and 1992 Olympian Matt Scoggin. He is a two-time Olympian, competing in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Troy has been a success in diving since an early age. He won 19 national age-group championships and two junior world championships. As a 16-year-old in 1996, he finished third on platform as was named an Olympic team alternate. He possesses as much physical talent as any diver in the world, and it shows with his longevity. He is much leaner and stronger now than at any point in his career, and he has developed a more relaxed attitude toward competition and success that may be a benefit in Beijing. He is also the most experienced diver on the U.S. squad, but considers his biggest attribute his drive to succeed.
What to Look For:
In two previous Olympics, Troy has not finished lower than sixth in four events. He will not be intimidated by the Chinese; in fact, he is looking forward to the challenge. Baring something out of the ordinary, he should make finals. Will he be able to keep it together enough to win a medal? A solid performance won’t get it done, it takes six spectacular dives in finals to bring home gold. A thorn in his side at the U.S. Olympic Diving trials was his 307C (reverse 3 ½ somersaults in tuck), a dive he professes to be consistent, and his favorite. He cannot miss that dive and come home with the medal he desires.
A prototypical diver, Troy stands 5-6, weighs 150 lbs., and can rip dives with the best. At the age of 29, this will be his last attempt at an Olympic medal. He has an impressive resume with 25 national titles and over 35 international medals. What has eluded him is the final piece of the puzzle, an Olympic medal.