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    The USA Olympic Trials - DIVING

    Did anyone watch the Trials last night on TV? Quite exciting with Caesar Garcia getting perfect scores on the last dive. The no. 2 man came from behind, and thete was a 12 year old spoiler who made 3rd.

    I noticed the scoreing was all open with known judges.

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    One of those young divers in from my state of Indiana.

    BTW, how deep are those pools? They look 25 feet deep!

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    I didnt know that 12 yearl olds were able to go to the olympics, got any info on age cut offs?

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    I think the USA is sending only the top 2. I don't know the limit countries have in sending athletes to the Summer Olys.

    The Diving tricks are so much more pretty than the skating elements except for the camel spin.

    The Ladies dive tonight!

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    Oh, no! I was keeping an eye out for the diving trials (so beautiful) and I missed it! Dang, dang, dang!

    Does anyone know what channel they're showing most of the trials on? NBC or one of the ESPN channels? Is there a website with a schedule of when which trials will be televised? If anyone knows, I'd appreciate the info. I'll start searching the web and the television guide for the ladies trials tonight ASAP!

    Thanks for the descriptions of the men Joe, LonghornLiz, and Johar. Very interesting outcome.
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    I watched the Diving Olympic trials. I hope "the Caesar" medals in Athens. It was very cute how his buddies were dressed up in togas in order to support him. When they show that on TV, the first thing that came to mind was the movie "the Emperor's Club"

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    Rgirl - I have all the trials on my DVR. PM me if you are seriously desparate.

    I thought the trials went very well and the people who should be going are going. Mark Ruiz must be the Sandhu of diving. One moment brilliant the next .....

    Also thought it was interesting the synchro got the preference this year.

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    The Trials were on NBC. I doubt they will show them on ESPN which is not an affiliate of NBC.

    The Ladies were gooood. Ms Wilkinson was outstanding at the start and then Brittany Viola (first time on the circuit) made some exceptional dives and threatened to take the lead. However, Viola made a boo boo on her last dive and lost a lot of points. It was not enough to catch Wilkinson who gave one heluva last dive to win.

    It's one event I want to watch during the Summer Olys.

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    Joe, could you please explain to me, a diving novice, why Ms. Viola wasn't given the second spot? Why was the second spot up for grabs between two other women? Had they won a previous comp or something? I was really confused as to why the top two weren't given the spots on the team.....

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    Laura - I was as confused as you are. It has something to do with Synchro Diving (Pairs to me). One of the Synchro winners will go along with Wilkinson. I think the best thing for both of us to do is go to search USA Diving and see what comes up for the rules of the game. I'm too tired tonight, but maybe tomorrow.

    Cheers - Joe

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    The basic answer to your question as I understand it is this:

    The U.S. could only send 10 divers to the Olympics this year. There are more medals available in synchro than in individual events and the synchro teams that have been working together for a while are more likely to medal than the individual divers. Thus the Diving assn. decided to weight this years trials in favor of synchro and one member of each synchro team gets to compete in the individual event as well. So, only the winner of the individual competition will go to the Olympics while the two members of the synchro team competed against each other for the other individual spot.

    The synchro trials were first and appeared on USA network on Friday morning.

    The website is here - http://www.usadiving.org/USD_03redes...rials/home.htm
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    AH Black,
    Thanks for the offer of sending me the men's trials on DVR. I found the women's trials so I'm at least partially satiated. I'll be taping the diving event during the games, that's for sure. Thanks, though. And thanks for the website and info about the USA channel. I'll check for other trials there.

    Joe,
    Thanks for the info about NBC. After I posted and signed off I realized, "Duh. ESPN is affiliated with ABC, you fool."


    As I said, I watched the women. I loved when they said that in the last four years diving as gone from the equivalent of high jumping to that of pole vaulting, that's how much more difficult it has gotten. And if showed. When somebody drills one of those blind dives, it just gives me chills. I remember when the Chinese were the only ones doing blind dives well, sometimes at all. It will be interesting to see what the Chinese have in diving for Athens.

    Plus I love divers' bodies, men and women. They're so sleek, especially when they're fully stretched in preparation for a dive. Love those long, lithe muscles. And the strength it takes to stop or reverse the momentum on some of those dives--amazing.

    I too was very impressed with Brittany Viola. What a comer. But Wilkinson was the queen of the women's trials. Such a superb athlete. Have always loved diving at the Olympics, but this year it truly does seem to have gone to a whole new level. I noticed a lot of the women were taped to reduce the forces on certain muscles. You rarely used to see that. I think it's a sign of the increased difficulty.
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    I also noticed that NBC repeated the Meet in the early hours of the morning. Something ABC should think about and maybe adding a few more skaters to show. They tape everything but what happens to the tape?

    Black - Thanks for the information. I would think that Divers would want to team up in Synchro and be more at an advantage of getting to the Olys.

    Please, if anyone sees more Trials on TV, alert us. There are some very interesting Sports during the summer, e.g.,Equestian, Archery (will Gena Davis make it this year?), Swimming Meets, Track Meets, field events (I luv the pole vaulting), etc. I see we
    already have a thread on Gymnastics. Be nice if we could see Roller Figure Skating.

    Joe

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    I caught both of the 10M platform comps. I LOVE to watch diving! Such a beautiful sport.

    AH Black--thanks for that info! It seemed so strange to my husband and I that we were not sending our top 2 individual divers! I was pretty sure that it had to do with the amount of divers we could send. Nonetheless, I am bummed that the young boy and Viola won't get to go to the games!

    How does a country expand their diving team? Is it like that of skating where your placements at the previous Worlds dictates the amount?

    I know Gymnastics trials are at the end of the month (the 26th and 27th I believe). I think NBC has most of the trials.

    eliza88

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