KB: I can help you with that. How about a post-Olympics makeover?
CK: Sounds great. Let’s do it!
KB: Okay, back to the beauty questions. Do you wear sunscreen?
CK: I hate to admit it, but I just apply it on my face. It’s a losing battle being in and out of the water all day. I need to get better at that. Again, after the Olympics.
KB: How about your skin, does it get dry from the constant water exposure?
CK: My skin is super dry! I use body lotion, and lots of it. I just figure that at some point I’ll be able to have moisturized, soft skin. During diving training isn’t one of those times.
KB: Do you use any specialized hair treatments?
CK: I used to do a once a week deep conditioning at home, but the constant chlorine took its toll. My hair would just break off on the ends. It's just how it is. Wearing a swim cap helps a lot.
KB: You’re in such great shape, do you like shopping for clothes?
CK: I have an athletic figure, and not all clothes are made for women with muscles. Sometimes it's hard to find the right fit, and some styles (like cap sleeves. eew.) just don't work. But I think that's probably the same with most women - not everything looks good on everyone.
Cassidy has obviously donated her hair to her sport. Hair really isn’t her focus right now, winning a gold medal is! After the Olympics, her plan is to retire from the sport. She has an English degree from Stanford and hopes to continue writing, and possibly work in the publishing world.
KB: You grew up in the diving world, with both of your parents being diving coaches, and you were at your first meet when you were a week old. So making the Olympic team is the culmination of a lifetime of interest and effort. Here you are, pre-Olympics. I want to try to capture all of that into this article. I don't mean to add any more pressure, but if you could distill the joy, the emotion, the feelings--into one word or one sentence, what would it be?
CK: Surreal. Getting asked for autographs is something I’m working towards getting used to.
KB: At the end of it all, you're just Cassidy, right? What do you want to say to people that just comes from your heart?
CK: Find something you love to do then work for it. Life’s too short to do stuff you don't enjoy. Don't be afraid to work hard for something.