Winning is no big thing for Terry Horner. The defending NCAA 1m dive champ hungers for more than a repeat, he wants to represent the U.S. at the Olympics. A dream of Horner's since he was a kid.
"It was 1992 and I was watching the Olympics. I watched Mark Lindsey win 3m. I looked at my parents and said I can do that. That's what I want to do," said Horner.
A day later Horner was taking diving classes. Fifteen years later, Horner finds himself learning the craft from two-time Olympian Pat Jeffrey.
"I can get him to focus on some things I feel is really important for him that might not be specific to just the divers he does on the board. Just how he handles himself. How to mentally approach diving meets. Those types of things," said Jeffrey.
Horner says winning the national championship was a great experience. One made better by being able to celebrate with teammates.
"After I did my last dive and the score went up on the board and my teammates saw that I had won. They rushed me and they picked me up and like carried me around and everything. It was awesome," added Horner.
Horner admits there's some discomfort with certain dives, but once he toes the board, he clears his mind and just goes. In hopes his jumps will spring him into Olympic glory.
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