Nevada’s Krysta Palmer scores bronze in Olympic diving

Krysta Palmer of the United States' pose for a photo after winning bronze medal in women's...
Krysta Palmer of the United States' pose for a photo after winning bronze medal in women's diving 3m springboard final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)(Dmitri Lovetsky | AP)
Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 1:33 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2021 at 9:45 AM PDT
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TOKYO. (KOLO) - SUNDAY UPDATE: Nevada’s Krysta Palmer won a bronze medal in women’s 3-meter springboard diving and became the first woman to win a medal in the event in 33 years.

“It’s just exciting to make a little bit of history,” Palmer said, according to The Associated Press.

It’s also the first individual medal won by the United States since Laura Wilkinson’s platform gold at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Palmer’s last dive — a forward 2 1/2 somersaults with two twists pike — tied for the highest degree of difficulty in the final. Even the Chinese didn’t have any dives that tough, The Associated Press said.

She danced while listening to Lady Gaga and Rihanna on her headphones in between dives.

“I wanted to come in as relaxed as possible,” she said. “I was just relieved that I made it to the finals. Everything else was a bonus for me.”

Palmer grew up in Carson City and was originally involved in gymnastics as a kid after a neighbor’s trampoline piqued her interest.

She competed for the University of Nevada, Reno and after graduating served as a volunteer coach.

She is the seventh Wolf Pack swimming and diving competitor to go to the Olympics but the first to represent the U.S

ORIGINAL STORY: Nevada’s Krysta Palmer finished in the top 12 of the women’s 3-meter springboard diving and is heading into Sunday’s finals at the Tokyo Olympics, The Associated Press reported.

Because of the international dateline, it will be at 11 p.m. Saturday in Reno.

Palmer ended up fifth in the semifinals.

China had another dominating performance at the Olympic diving pool, taking the top two spots in the semifinals of the women’s 3-meter springboard, The Associated Press reported.

It was a repeat of the preliminaries, with defending Olympic champion Shi Tingmao posted the highest score over five dives. Teammate Wang Han ranked second, stamping China as a huge favorite in Sunday’s final to earn its fourth diving gold of these games.

American Hailey Hernandez also advanced.

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