CK: Cereal with yogurt and milk and fruit.
KB: What is your favorite food when you're training?
CK: When we’re training, we don't have time to eat much, we just stay hydrated, and eat energy bars. I’m on a thai food kick right now, and I’m not super strict since I burn a lot of calories training. I am careful, since this is an aesthetic sport and I need to consider that.
KB: 3 meter is scary! What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
CK: I don't generally get scared. I started so young that I don't have the fear. I love roller coasters, love rock climbing—although my brother and I were climbing cliffs in Sea Ranch, north of San Francisco and we got stuck on the rocks. That really was scary!
KB: What is your daily mantra?
CK: When diving is concerned, it helps to think of it as a privilege. I'm so lucky to be able to be in the sport at this level. I'm trying to be the best in the world. That’s amazing!
KB: What are you saying to yourself when you get up on the board?
CK: In competition, I try to keep it simple and condensed. It's hard to do. I try really hard to focus on the dive and my body knows what it's doing. I think of one or two specific actions to do. Close out the world and let my body do what it does best.
KB: What keeps you up at night?
CK: I have periods of not sleeping well, but what worries me is generally that you can do all the training in the world, but on that day, it’s all about the performance. It's exciting and nerve-wracking. I also go over each dive in my mind, and visualize purposefully. It actually relaxes me.
KB: Since you quit working to train for the Olympics, how are you supporting yourself?
CK: I’m basically using my savings. I planned ahead so I could support myself while I was training. I get a small stipend from U.S. Diving. The Olympic Committee takes care of everything while we are in London.
KB: Okay, I’m putting my salon hat on now. Chlorine is hard on hair and skin. What is your routine to help fight the damaging effects?
CK: I was wondering when you were going to ask! We have just started to wear swim caps in my sport. It used to be unheard of, almost embarrassing. I put conditioner on my hair before I go into the pool. I wash with an anti-chlorine shampoo afterwards. The big problem with swim caps for diving is that the cap falls off and everything stops till you put it back on. The silicone ones can slip off really easily when you hit the water. Karie, I need you tell me what you think I should do! Once the Olympics are over, I plan to retire from the sport, so I’ll be ready to have a chlorine-free head of hair. I don't usually have much of a beauty routine-it doesn't make sense to spend a whole lot of time getting pretty when you're just going to jump in the pool again in a few hours. So I like when I actually have a reason (and the time) to put on some makeup, do my hair and go out!