After 30 years as a hairdresser and half of those as a salon owner, I decided to revisit an old interest: writing. I began this new path with a magazine writing class in the Continuing Studies program at Stanford University, and one of my fellow classmates was Cassidy Krug. This summer, Cassidy made the U.S. Olympic Diving Team, so I asked her for an interview and sent her off to London with a fresh haircut.
Cassidy Krug is a really good writer. This is something I know firsthand. During our Stanford writing class, her articles were always well written, interesting, and relevant. She was quiet, friendly, and her comments on other student’s work were useful. She briefly mentioned she was a platform diver, which explained the ponytailed wet hair she always arrived to class with.
Salon Owner Karie Bennett with diver Cassidy Krug, just before she leaves for London to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. There’s something else I know about Cassidy: she has been training for the Olympics practically her whole life. Her parents are both diving coaches, and she attended her first diving meet when she was just 1 week old. You could say she was born into the sport. She’s won 11 national championships, and qualified for the Olympic team by winning the 3-meter springboard at the U.S. trials in June. I don’t know firsthand if she’s as good of a diver as she is a writer, (I haven’t seen her dive yet but my DVR is set for the August 3rd and 5th Olympic diving events) but I have confidence that the Olympic diving committee made the right call.
I asked Cassidy if I could interview her before she headed out to London. I figured that after the Olympics, her life would probably take a big turn, and life would be different. I would get a much different interview at that point. I wanted to know what it was like to be on the brink of such a life-changing event in a young athlete’s life. She was very generous with her time and very open to my questions, including the effects of chlorine on hair and skin.
KB: Cassidy, what are 5 things people would be surprised to know about you?
CK: Good question!
1. My first love was gymnastics. I wanted to be a gymnast, but diving gradually won out, and I switched sports when I was 15.
2. I have become known as the person who will eat anything. When I was in China diving, I ate chicken feet, turtle, and sea cucumber. I like to experience the culture of whatever country I'm in.
3. I'm creative, and I love making things. I took a drawing class in college. Diving is lasts just for a moment, which is probably why I like creating something more permanent, like art.