Cassidy Krug Video Interview, U.S. Olympic Diver
U.S. diver Cassidy Krug may not have brought back any medals this summer from the London Olympics, but that doesn’t stop this competitive athlete from giving up on her dreams for the future. Krug, 27, finished in 7th place in the women’s 3-meter springboard diving competition with a score of 342.85, while her U.S. teammate Christina Loukas finished in 8th place with a score of 332.85. After three rounds, Krug was in 3rd before falling to 4th and eventually 7th on her last dive, earning about 55.50 points.
Like most Olympic divers, Krug, who was born July 12, 1985, in Pittsburgh, Pa., excelled in swimming and diving from a young age. Krug’s parents were always heavily involved with the sport. “Both of my parents are diving coaches, and so I kind of grew up around the pool deck,” Krug told Uinterview exclusively. “But I wasn’t intensely into diving almost until I went to college.” Krug’s father is the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh while her mother coaches at the Pitt Aquatics Club. Although Krug always knew she was a good diver, it wasn’t until she enrolled at Stanford University that she realized she could turn pro.
Krug has always been a determined competitor who would stop at nothing in order to achieve her goals. In 2004, Krug attempted to make the U.S .Olympic team, but finished eighth in the 3m. Four years later, Krug entered the 2008 Olympic season as a favorite before suffering from a back injury that set her back. After leaving diving for a year, Krug realized how much she missed the sport and decided to make one more run for the Olympic Games in London. Krug has competed in several diving events, including the 2011 Pan American Games, where she brought back a silver and bronze medal. She also finished in 1st place at the 2012 USA Diving Winter Championships, as well as the 2007 NCAA Championships. Krug is a 10-time national champion.
Just like her fellow Olympians, Krug has a lot to look forward to now that the Olympics are over. “After the Olympics, I am a sweets fanatic. I will probably splurge on a lot of things,” Krug told Uinterview, “but chocolate cake is what comes to my head right now.”
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- Q: What’s your workout regimen in preparation for the Olympics? - Uinterview User
- A: I mean, only half of our training, if that, is actually in the water. I do a lot of stretching and then conditioning — abs, legs — I’m doing Pilates right now. Just a lot of … you know, you have to be fit to do this sport.
- Q: How do you prepare yourself mentally for competition? - Uinterview User
- A: I use music a lot, I listen to headphones. If I’m feeling more juiced than I want to be, I’ll listen to kind of calming music. If I’m feeling like I need a bump up, I will listen to rock or rap or something faster. And then really when I get on the board, I try to just think of one or two things and let everything else go. It’s really easy to let your thoughts get away from you, so I try to focus on a couple of mechanical things in the dive.
- Q: What’s your diet regimen in preparation for the Games? - Uinterview User
- A: Super foods. You know, I’m always looking for protein, so I eat a lot of protein bars. I mean fruits, vegetables — overall I just try to eat healthy. After the Olympics, I am a sweets fanatic. I will probably splurge on a lot of things, but chocolate cake is what comes to my head right now.
- Q: What do judges look for in the perfect dive? - Uinterview User
- A: Well diving, the main part of the score is in the entry, so we all want to go into the water without making any splash at all, so we grab our hands and then — it’s called swimming when you move your hands away really quickly — and we try to break through the water with no splash. The other thing is that you want to see dives finish high above the water, you don’t want to see people somersaulting all the way from board to water level; somersaulting dynamically is good.
- Q: How did you become interested in the sport of diving? - Uinterview User
- A: Both of my parents are diving coaches and so I kind of grew up around the pool deck. But I wasn’t intensely into diving almost until I went to college. It was a very long, gradual ramping up of intensity.
- Q: What are your goals for this year’s Olympic games? - Uinterview User
- A: I really just want to go to the Olympics and do what I know how to do. I can do great dives — I know that. Between now and then, I’m really focusing a lot on consistency and on making every attempt and every practice dive the same. And if I can go to the Olympics, keep my mental game plan and dive the way I know how to dive, I think that will be successful.
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