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Moultrie Divers look to Olympics for guidance

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

August 18, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - No doubt many people have enjoyed watching the Olympics over the last week or so. Some young athletes in Moultrie don't watch so much for entertainment, they watch to learn. Some of them even have a shot at making the USA diving team for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Moss Farms Diving breeds some of the best young divers in the country. With 34 national championships under their belt they get attention from college coaches across the nation. 16 year old Kelsey Goodman has been diving for ten years. She just got back from Nationals and did well. For this young athlete, watching the olympics is like getting a glimpse into her future. She has confidence she can make it in 2012.

"I want to at least make it to trials. And that's a qualifying event in itself and just making it there is a big accomplishment. By then I'll be in college and diving a lot more conditioning more," says Kelsey Goodman. The Junior Olympic team just finished nationals so they are on a break from the pool right now. But the younger ones are hard at work.

"You know a lot of these kids have never even seen diving before you know the last time it was on TV was four years ago and they were all little. But now they can see these great divers and I can talk about what they are doing," says head coach Ed Goodman.

"My coach showed me a clip of chris cowell doing a back jump and he told me I had to squat down like he does off the 1 meter," says Parker Hardigree. These divers are young, but they are the future. Their coach says you may see a Moultrie native hitting the Olympic pool four years from now.

Wenbo Chin, a former Moss Farms Diving Coach is in Beijing right now. He's the head coach at the U.S Diving's National Training Center. Feedback