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Olympic Diving Trials will be in Federal Way in one year

Olympic diving hopeful Kristian Ipsen swims back to the surface at the King County Aquatic Center Friday after a dive. Ipsen was in town promoting the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, which will be held in Federal Way.  - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Olympic diving hopeful Kristian Ipsen swims back to the surface at the King County Aquatic Center Friday after a dive. Ipsen was in town promoting the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, which will be held in Federal Way.
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The road to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will go through Federal Way and are just one year away.

The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center officially welcomed three elite-level divers and several dignitaries from the United States Olympic Committee and USA Diving Friday afternoon for a media event in anticipation of the 2012 United States Olympic Diving Trials.

The Trials will be held June 18-24, 2012. More than 100 of the nation’s best divers are expected to vie for 16 spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. The Trials will include men’s and women’s individual events in 3- and 10-meter competitions, plus men’s and women’s synchronized events at both heights.

Notable participants include three-time Olympian Troy Dumais and 2008 Olympians David Boudia, Kelci Bryant, Chris Colwill, Mary Beth Dunnichay, Thomas Finchum and Christina Loukas. Dumais, Kristian Ipsen and Carrie Dragland put on a diving exhibition Friday at the King County Aquatic Center.

Federal Way, which also hosted the diving trials in 2000, was selected by USA Diving, in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee, over Indianapolis.

“This is great news for Federal Way and the entire Seattle metro area,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said. “It means increased tourism for our region. It puts a spotlight on our corner of the world. And, after the state being such a great partner with the Vancouver Olympics, we’ll be part of the success of the 2012 London games as well.”

The King County Aquatic Center is no stranger to hosting national and international events. It was constructed to host the swimming and diving portions of the 1990 Goodwill Games and has since been the home to more than 50 competitions annually.

USA Diving will partner with the Seattle Sports Commission, the City of Federal Way and King County Parks and Recreation to host the event.

“We are excited about our strong partnership with Seattle Sports Commission and Federal Way,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “This gives us the opportunity to provide a world-class facility for the best divers in the country to compete for a spot representing our country in the Olympics. We’re honored.”

NBC owns broadcast rights for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, giving this event and the Puget Sound region national media exposure.

“As a region, we are thrilled to participate in the Olympic movement as our athletes prepare for London,” said Ralph Morton, Executive Director for the Seattle Sports Commission.

 

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