Twenty-one-year-old diver Kassidy Cook will compete in the 3-meter springboard competition at this summer's Olympic Games.
She's bouncing back (like, literally, on the diving board) from narrowly missing out on a spot in Team USA's diving squad at the 2012 Games, and also from a number of serious injuries sustained in recent years.
American teams have won gold in this event each Olympics dating back to 2004.
More from the fourth day of swimming heats Nathan Adrian barely into 100m freestyle semifinal | Katinka Hosszu no-show in 200m butterfly, U.
If you're tuning into the sport of swimming during the Olympics, you're definitely going to want to keep an eye on Ryan Murphy, the up-and-coming backstroker who could potentially win gold in two different events.
Before Ryan hops in the pool next week, here are some fast facts to know.1.
Prehistoric man learnt to swim in order to cross rivers and lakes – we know this because cave paintings from the Stone Age depicting swimmers have been found in Egypt. Swimming was not widely practised until the early 19th century, when the National Swimming Society of Great Britain began to hold competitions.
In the late 1880s, an Englishman named Frederick Cavill travelled to the South Seas, where he saw the natives performing a crawl with a flutter kick. And then after that you go back home and have about four or five hours before your next practice. I heard going back to the Sochi Olympics the athletes were using Tinder in the Village and everything, so I started using that. I was going to ask you about Olympic Village stories. Just because you just have so many people from so many different countries. So once you sign this code of conduct you have to be in your bed by a certain time. Go to the swimming pool where we do like forty five minutes, we call it "activation," but it's like abs, sit ups, just stuff to get your heart going. And then after that we do an hour, an hour-and-a-half of weight lifting. So squats, bench, hang cleans, snatches, stuff like that. I mean, honestly if you're an outsider looking in it seems like one big party. And you have people who finish their competition early, so then they just hang out in the village, up at late hours, banging on their drums, yelling, chanting their national anthems. No, one good thing about USA is that we have this code of conduct.This wasn't Ryan's first time trying to get to the Olympics; in 2012, he narrowly missed out on making the team in both of his signature events, getting sixth in the 100-meter backstroke and fourth in the 200-meter backstroke (only the top two swimmer qualify for the Games).__4.__Ryan swam competitively in Florida before moving to California to attend college and train with the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears.5.When he was younger, Ryan would get so nervous before races that he'd puke.