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Kassidy Prepare dinner-Sarah Bacon, A Scorching Mixture Aiming For Olympics

Divers Kassidy Prepare dinner and Sarah Bacon met at a younger age. They shortly found that it wasn’t simply their names that went collectively (I imply how are you going to beat Prepare dinner-Bacon?).

They grew to become mates regardless of dwelling in several elements of the nation and saved that friendship going whereas competing towards one another at USA and school meets on the most important levels.

Now, they’re competing collectively, in addition to towards one another.

Prepare dinner and Bacon are aiming to make the U.S. Olympic workforce in synchronized diving in addition to individually on the 3-meter springboard. They are going to compete on the FINA Diving World Cup from Could 1-6, additionally in Tokyo.

“To compete within the synchro occasions, you must have comparable approach and comparable physique varieties and types of diving. But additionally a vital half, particularly in our partnership, is having an excellent friendship,” Kassidy Prepare dinner stated. “I’ve recognized Sarah since I used to be about 10 years outdated. We competed towards one another in junior diving, then NCAA diving. We had been at all times shut however grew to become even nearer.

“When I’m up there along with her I don’t solely wish to do properly for myself, however I additionally wish to do properly for her. Having that chemistry is absolutely vital in addition to technical similarities.”

On the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December 2019. Prepare dinner gained gold on 3-meter and teamed with Bacon to win gold within the 3-meter synchro occasion.

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Kassidy Prepare dinner and Sarah Bacon. Photograph Courtesy: Kassidy Prepare dinner

Prepare dinner made the 2016 Olympic workforce and helped Stanford win an NCAA championship in 2018 earlier than retiring from the game for a time due to accidents.

“I missed the game and felt like I’d remorse it if I didn’t attempt as soon as extra. I had my third shoulder surgical procedure and my physique was simply type of exhausted,” Prepare dinner stated. “I had that strain to set myself up for all times after sport and people pressures and the toll the game was taking over my physique led to the choice to retire. However I stop my job and went again to coaching. I actually missed the game. These years are particular to me and I’d have undoubtedly regretted not going for the Olympics.”

Bacon gained each springboard NCAA titles in March for Minnesota. She is a four-time NCAA champion and a worlds silver medalist.

With Bacon dwelling in Minnesota and Prepare dinner dwelling in Texas, they don’t get to coach as a lot as they’d have preferred to, particularly through the pandemic, however that hasn’t stopped them.

“We stay in several states so we’ve tried to coach collectively as soon as a month, however beginning in March 2020, we couldn’t for some time. We began choosing again up on our coaching in October and have been doing journeys backwards and forwards ever since then,” Kassidy Prepare dinner stated.

Bacon stated that having faculty on-line on the College of Minnesota has been very important to that coaching.

“We’re fully on-line, in order that has made it simpler for Kassidy to return practice with me or me to go to Texas to coach along with her. I can do schoolwork on-line and I simply hop on Zooms at her home,” Bacon stated. “It has made coaching simpler for me.”

And their friendship has made every little thing else simpler.

“We’ve recognized one another for a really very long time. Our coaches speak to one another every day about what we’re doing out and in of the pool. If I’m doing a variety of lifting, Kassidy is doing that. Our exercise plans are comparable. We spend a variety of time collectively. I’ll go down and spend per week along with her at Texas,” Bacon stated. “We spend a variety of time collectively, we purchase matching outfits — if you will discover a associate you’ll be able to have enjoyable with, it simply makes you develop extra and makes diving extra pleasant.”

And it may imply a Prepare dinner-Bacon scorching expertise in Tokyo.

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