The experienced ones are holding off the rookies. What gives!
LAURA Wilkinson, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist held off youngster Haley Ishimatsu for the top women’s platform spot at the USA Diving Olympic Trials held at the IU Natatorium.
Wilkinson collected 1,214.50 points to win and secure her berth on the 2008 Beijing Games roster, while Ishimatsu (1,140.40) led a quintet of other divers that qualified for the team selection camp taking place in Knoxville, Tenn., at the beginning of next month.
Nineteen-year-old David Boudia beat 18-year-old Thomas Finchum, his close friend and longtime training partner, in a battle of 10s on the men’s platform.
The once-dominant American team is eager to make up for its medal shutout at Athens four years ago, and Boudia might have the best chance to take down the powerful Chinese.
“We’ve seen them get beat before,” Boudia said. “We know they can be beaten, which is good to know.”
Good luck to the American team! May they beat the socks off the other nations in Bejing this year.