Nick McCrory’s London 2012 Olympics were bittersweet. While he and partner David Boudia won bronze in the Men’s Synchronized 10-Meter Platform Diving, McCrory failed to medal in the Individual 10m platform diving, finishing in 9th place while Boudia went on to win the gold. Still, after just barely missing the cut for the 2008 Beijing Games, McCrory’s medal-winning experience in London is sure to be one he will cherish.

McCrory, 21, was born in Durham, N.C. and grew up in nearby Chapel Hill, caught between the heated rivalry of Duke University and the University of North Carolina. This tension was further strengthened by the fact that his mother and father attended UNC and Duke, respectively. Despite growing up as a UNC fan, McCrory elected to attend Duke where he is currently enrolled and scheduled to graduate in 2013. Swimming and diving appear to be in McCrory’s blood, as his uncle, Gordon Downie, helped Great Britain to a bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 1976 Olympics.

Heading into the 2012 Games, McCrory was excited for the prospects of his synchro team’s medal chances and he praised diving partner Boudia profusely. “It has been a great partnership, and especially this year we’ve made a lot of progress in working with each other,” McCrory said of Boudia in an exclusive interview with Uinterview. “He really is a great partner, he is a fantastic diver, he’s really fun to dive with and makes me always step my game up to dive with him.”

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Q: What’s your workout regimen in preparation for the Olympics? - Uinterview User

I’m actually doing a lot of different things besides obviously training every day, diving. I’ve been doing weights twice a week and I also do Pilates, I started doing Pilates this year. I’m taking the year off of class so I have some extra time, and Pilates has been a tremendous help to my diving. It’s helped with strength and your spatial awareness, and it’s really been great and it’s tough.

Q: How do you prepare yourself mentally for competition? - Uinterview User

A lot of coffee. I’m a big coffee drinker. I like to get up and have a couple cups of coffee. I’m not really a morning person, but I’ve had to learn to be with the sport. So I do my best. Once I get a good morning practice in, then I always feel great for the afternoon. Morning practice, and I’ll usually have another workout, and then afternoon practice, but yeah the hardest part is getting up.

Q: What’s your diet regimen in preparation for the Games? - Uinterview User

I like to eat a lot of things like pasta, but right before I compete I like a lot of proteins, like lean protein, maybe like chicken and stuff. But on the days I actually compete I don’t like to feel too full, so I’ll usually have a light breakfast or something, and when I compete, my thing is to snack on a protein bar the entire time that I’m competing so that I’m not hungry, but I’m not full at the same time. I feel comfortable doing that. And after I’m done competing, ice cream, a lot of ice cream.

Q: What is it like to be dive partners with David Boudia - Uinterview User

I’ve been diving with David for about two-and-a-half years now almost — yeah, about two-and-a-half years, and it has been a great partnership, and especially this year we’ve made a lot of progress in working with each other. He really is a great partner, he is a fantastic diver, he’s really fun to dive with and makes me always step my game up to dive with him. I think one thing that we do really well is that when we compete together we’ve really learned how to pump each other up and get each other in the zone. Yeah, that’s definitely one of our strengths, and I really enjoy competing with him.

Q: What are your goals for the 2012 London Olympics? - Uinterview User

In order for it to be a success, ultimately, I want to leave happy. I want to have done the best that I could in the competition, I want to do my dives like I should, and right now everything that I’m doing is pointing towards that. I’m doing everything I can to have my best performance there. I want to go there and be confident and do the best I can, and if I do that then I’ll be happy and I’ll let the results take care of themselves.