The U.S. Olympic Dive Team: Road to Rio

Sam Dorman, 3-meter.

USA Diving selected Atlanta to host its official team ‘Send-off’ prior to departing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The ‘Send-off’ took place from July 19-23 at the Coach Herb McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech. It was Team USA’s final public appearance on American soil. 

“We are excited to be returning to Atlanta and the site of the 1996 Games for our final preparation for the 2016 Games in Rio” said Linda Paul, President& CEO of USA Diving. “We are also thrilled to be including the 1996 U.S. Olympic divers in this final training camp.” 

Team USA held open practices, participated in team building exercises and visited local children’s hospitals. In addition to featuring this year’s Olympians, several members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Diving Team also made the trip to Atlanta to participate in various activities.  

My prized credential.

Atlanta, Ga., was the last stop before heading to Rio
for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Abby Johnston, 3-meter.

Gold-medalist David Boudia.

Kassidy Cook, 3-meter, along with Steele Johnson
and Abby Johnston.

Katrina Young, 10-meter.

Kassidy Cook, 3-meter.

Silver-medalist Kristian Ipsen, 3-meter, with Michael Hixon.

Silver-medalist Kristian Ipsen, 3-meter, watched by
Michael Hixon, Kassidy Cook,
Sam Dorman and Abby Johnston.

Silver-medalist Kristian Ipsen, 3-meter,
watched by Steele Johnson, Michael Hixon
 and Kassidy Cook.

Steele Johnson and Gold-medalist David Boudia.

Jessica Parratto and Amy Cozad, synchronized 10-meter.

Steele Johnson and Gold-medalist David Boudia, synchronized 10-meter.

Gold-medalist David Boudia getting ready for the next dive.

Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman, synchronized 3-meter.

Jessica Parratto and Amy Cozad, synchronized 10-meter.

Katrina Young, 10-meter.

Kassidy Cook, 3-meter.

Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman, synchronized 3-meter.

Jessica Parratto and Amy Cozad, synchronized 10-meter.

Members from the 1996 USA Olympic Dive Team
and coaches, Coach Kongzheng Li, Scott Donie,
Becky Ruehl Amann, Mary Ellen Clark, David John Pichler
 and Coach Hobie Billingsley.

Olympian David John Pichler and his partner Jason Galvao.

Steele Johnson being interviewed by USA Today.

Jessica Parratto answering questions for USA Today.

Gold-medalist David Boudia being interviewed.

We wish the team safe travels and much success in Rio!


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