4. I've been journaling for a long time. I try to write everyday, whether it's what happened that day, or just poetry, changing the lyrics to my favorite song, writing about places I want to go. I use 750words.com a lot. It’s a website that gives you an incentive to write everyday.
5. I have a younger brother, Kyle, who doesn’t dive--he plays tennis, and has never been interested in diving.
KB: Were you named after David Cassidy?
CK: Haha! I actually may have been named after Mama Cass.
KB: What would be the theme of an article you might write about yourself?
CK: It would probably be about my journey, specifically focusing on the last nine years at Stanford. I've also had a lot of questions about growing up in the sport. But the work that I've done from college on is a bit more interesting. I didn't think I could ever dream about the Olympics. I think it would be interesting to write about learning how to put the work in to get the result out.
KB: Tell me 5 things people don't know about your sport?
CK: Another good question!
1. It's a small world sport. I know most of my competitors, since I see everyone once a year at our international meet.
2. People ask if I'm afraid. How do I even do the dives? Before I learned a 3 and 1/2 pike I had to learn a front 2 and ½ pike. Had to learn somersaults on the ground, how to enter the water without a splash. [Writer’s note: entering the water with as small a splash as possible is called a ‘Rip’.] It's not so scary because I've done all the pieces, now I just put them all together.
3. Dives are graded on a DOD, or degree of difficulty. There's a formula that is used that takes into consideration how many twists, somersaults, what position--tuck, pike, straight—go into the dive. In my event, the DOD’s range from 1.5 to 4.0. Mine will fall into the highest degree of DOD at the Olympics. I’m going for it!
4. This sport is all about jumping high and spinning fast. Thank goodness that’s where my strength lies.
5. We train really hard. When I'm in peak training, I'll do 10-12 reps of my dives every day.
KB: What kind of specific training do you do for platform diving?
CK: We do a lot of weights for strong legs and cores to hold the positions. We need strong arms to withstand the water entry as well. Diving from 10 meters, you are going 30 mph. That’s a lot of impact, a lot of G force.
KB: What is your 'breakfast of champions'?