Troy Dumais finally got to take home the Olympic medal he coveted as a boy at the London Games last summer. But the bronze medal he picked up in the men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard didn’t curb his appetite for diving.
Dumais, 33, showcased his continued love for the sport with a steady-as-you-go performance in the 3-meter springboard semifinals at the 2013 FINA USA Grand Prix on Friday. The 468.90 points that Dumais put on the board were more than enough for the Austin resident to reach Sunday’s final at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center.
“It was a dream come true,” said Dumais, of becoming an Olympic medalist, adding he would have preferred to medal in the individual competition. “I’ve been to five Olympic trials and four Olympics. But in my mind, maybe, I’m not done because I didn’t accomplish what I truly wanted to since I was a little kid. I wanted to win multiple medals at the Olympics and wanted to win gold.”
Dumais was the second-best diver in Friday’s semifinals. He trails He Chao of China, who scored 508.70 points.
For now, Dumais remains dedicated to the sport. But he insists that he is far from any decision to attempt to qualify for a fifth Olympic team in 2016.
“My confidence level in diving after the Olympic year, and trying to take care of life and work, as you get older it gets harder and you have more responsibilities,” Dumais said. “I remember playing around in diving and just being an idiot when I was younger, and that was the most fun in my diving career. If I can end feeling like that I know I’ve done it right, and I know I gave it all I had.”
While he continues to dive he will keep to the disciplined approach that has kept him a regular on every U.S. National Diving Team since 1996.
“All I’m doing is I’m pushing myself to be better, and I want to help USA Diving to build and the athletes to be better. Because if they can beat me, then they compete against the best,” Dumais said. “I love diving. It’s made me a better person; it’s taught me time management. It’s taught me how to teach people. And it’s ultimately brought me around the world.”
Another American who made a Sunday final was 17-year-old high school senior Samantha Bromberg, of Ohio, who earned 341.30 points to place first in her women’s platform semifinal. This is Bromberg’s second senior event, and the future Duke University student only made the individual platform lineup when an injured competitor withdrew.
Florida State’s Katrina Young didn’t fare as well as Bromberg. She placed sixth out of six divers in the same semifinal group as Bromberg with 232.25 points.