Brazil is already guaranteed Olympic synchronized diving spots as the host nation, so a painful miss at the FINA World Cup women’s synchro springboard final on Saturday could be laughed off.
Tammy Takagi and Juliana Veloso scored zero points with a failed dive in the last round of the international Olympic qualifying event in Rio de Janeiro.
They finished 12th out of 12 pairs.
Veloso, 35 and a mother of two, unretired with an eye on competing at home in a fifth Olympics.
Also in the event, Americans Abby Johnston and Laura Ryan finished eighth, missing an Olympic berth for the U.S. by one spot.
In 2012, Johnston and Kelci Bryant earned silver in the Olympic women’s synchro springboard, the first medals for U.S. female divers since 2000.
NBC Olympics researcher Alex Azzi contributed to this report from Rio.