Minden's Palmer qualifes for World Series of Diving

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Minden's Krysta Palmer has qualified for the 2019 World Series of Diving, where she'll have the opportunity to represent the USA in five events across the world.

"It's only the top eight in the world that compete in those," said Palmer. "Only the top eight qualified, so you get to compete with the best of the best."

It's an incredible trajectory, considering she first started diving competitively when she was 20 years old. Once a rising gymnast, a series of injuries left her looking for another sport. And diving was a relatively easy transition.

"You have to be very perfect in the air, and trampoline gave me the beauty," added Palmer. "It taught me how to have great form and technique."

The Douglas High School grad joined the club team at Nevada, before earning a spot on the Wolf Pack diving team. She wound up an All-American; named the Conference Diver of the Year her final two seasons.

"It's just amazing how far we have come," admitted Palmer. "And how much energy (Wolf Pack head coach) Jian Li has put into me and still continues to."

She caught the eye of Team USA, making it all the way to the Olympic Trials finals in 2016. She's dived competitively for the American team ever since, winning five medals over the last two years at different international events. And now she's also become one of the best in the synchronized dive, where she and a partner mimic each other, doing their dives at the same time.

"When you sync up, it's just an incredible feeling. To be side-by-side with someone doing this with you; walking this with you."

Next year's World Series of Diving will help in her quest to make the 2020 Summer Olympics.

"Goals are goals. They can be achieved if you chase after them. I you set high enough standards and goals, if you chase after them, who knows what you can accomplish?"