My family moved to North Carolina so that I can train at Duke University. I am pretty excited to be diving with my new coaches, Nunzio Esposto and Katie. In less than a month, I have learned 3 new dives and am getting ready to compete in Canada! When we get back from Canada, I will be traveling to Texas for the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier Event and then the Winter National Championships. It is going to be a pretty busy December.
I started my new school also. I am now attending International Connections Academy. It is a fantastic school that gives me the flexibility to be able to train 6 hours a day and still get a great education. I am pretty thankful for everything!
Hi everyone, I traveled to Tucson, Arizona, in September to compete at the Jr. Pan American Championships for Team USA on all three events. I competed against Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Peru and Venezuela. I won the Platform Event and took home the only Gold Medal won by a man for Team USA! I am pretty happy that I dove well in my first Jr. Pan American Championship. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.
I met a lot of competitors from different countries who became my friends. We all stayed in the same hotel, so we got to hang out a lot. I am hoping to compete for Team USA at the Pan American Championships next!
In December, I will be trying to earn a spot on the Team for the Youth Olympic Games that will be held in China…that would be an awesome trip!
I was excited to be named a member of the US National Team and to represent the United States at the FINA Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale. I dove synchro 10 meter and had an amazing time! It was cool meeting and competing against other divers from all around the world. After the Grand Prix, I competed at the World Championship Team Trials.
I finished in 3rd in 10 meter synchro and 4th in the men’s 10 meter individual. I scored personal bests which was very cool. I got six 10′s on my back 3 1/2 tuck. That was so cool. I am working hard learning a couple more tough dives to add to my Senior List.
I am going to have fun competing this summer at the Junior National Championships and the Senior National Championships!
2013 has been a pretty cool year so far! Getting ready for Rio in 2016!
This weekend, I qualified for the men’s individual 10meter platform event for the U.S.A. Diving National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, in August. I will be competing in the Synchro event also! I didn’t have the best meet I could have because the pool was outside and I couldn’t get my spots…that’s how you know where you are when you areflipping really fast…but I know I am going to be ready for the Nationals! Good luck to all our Olympic Team Divers in London. It’s going to be a great Olympics!
I can’t wait to see the new documentary film about Greg Louganis. It is called Back on Board. I am so proud that I got to be in the movie with Greg. He is the best diver in the world and is my hero and friend!
Thanks Greg, for all your encouragement and for letting me be a part of your story.
Wow! Olympic Trials was a blast. I knew it was going to be fun, but I didn’t know it was going to be that much fun. I loved being able to dive with the best divers in the USA.
If you got to watch the Trials on NBC Sports Network, then maybe you had a chance to see me dive. Even though I didn’t make the Olympic Team this year, I reached my goal and that was to make the finals. I finished in 6th, which was right where my coach wanted me to be. Now, I am getting ready for Jr. Nationals and Sr. Nationals.
I hope I do well at Jr. Nationals so I can represent the USA at the Jr. world Championships in Australia! That would be so cool!
So, I am going to work hard, and keep my fingers crossed!
2011 Senior National Championship
Hi everyone. I am excited that I am going to be able to write to everyone out there, and you can write back to me. I want to use this blog as a way of letting you know how I am doing in reaching my goals in diving and to let you know what is happening in my life.
My first goal this summer is to win the Olympic Trials and make the Olympic Team for Synchonized 10 meter platform. I am working on a couple new dives and I will try to post a video soon. I’m going to have an awesome list, so I can’t wait to compete it! Even if we don’t make the Olympic Team this year, I am going to work my hardest to make the 2016 Olympic Diving Team! It is going to be in Rio, Brazil — that is why I called this blog, “The Road to Rio”.
I have been going to a few book signings with my dad. It has been great. A friend of my dad’s invited us to a book fair at Pike Township High School. His mom, Mrs. Boulais, was so nice! We had a lot of people want to buy our book. I felt very proud when some of the kids recognized me from the Disney Channel and asked to take a picture together. It was cool. I was a little shy, but it was really nice that people asked. I felt bad for one little girl who bought a book but lost it somewhere at the program. I asked my dad if we could give her another copy and he said I could. She was so happy! That made me feel good inside.
One last thing for today. I just found out that my papi’s friend is a teacher in North Carolina. His name is Stephen Stepp. His classroom may do a class project about my diving. I would love to send them a few books for their classroom. It would be cool to have a classroom in North Carolina cheering for me at Olympic Trials in June! Wooo-hooo!