Troy Dumais’ complicated path to U.S. Olympic diving records

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Troy Dumais wants to become the oldest U.S. Olympic diver in more than 100 years, perhaps of all time*, and the first diver to make five U.S. Olympic teams.

He must find a synchronized diving partner first. The Olympic trials are in less than three months.

Dumais, a 36-year-old who earned his first Olympic medal in 2012 (synchronized springboard bronze), competed with two different synchro partners at each of the two biggest national meets of 2015.

Diving with multiple partners at one event is not uncommon, but Dumais’ results were heartbreakingly peculiar.

At both meets, he dived with his 2012 Olympic medal-winning partner, Kristian Ipsen, and with NCAA springboard champion Sam Dorman.

Both times, he finished second with Ipsen and third with Dorman. The winning synchro team at each meet? Ipsen and Dorman, who (obviously) also competed with multiple partners.

The meets were the 2015 World Championships trials and the 2015 Winter Nationals, the latter a selection meet for the FINA World Cup at the Olympic venue in Rio de Janeiro last month.

Only one synchro team per nation per event can compete at Worlds and the World Cup (and the Olympics), so Dumais just missed qualifying, while his two partners did qualify for Worlds and the World Cup.

Ipsen and Dorman, both more than a decade younger than Dumais, together finished seventh at Worlds, sixth at the World Cup and, most recently, third at a FINA World Series stop in Beijing two weeks ago.

They’re looking like the favorites going into the June Olympic trials in Indianapolis, where, again, only one synchro team per event can earn an Olympic berth. They are not yet locked in to compete together at trials, but it would be a surprise if they change partners in the spring of an Olympic year.

Where does that leave Dumais?

Dumais could compete at trials with multiple partners, but he said it would be easier to focus with one partner for such a big meet.

He will partner with Michael Hixon, the 2014 NCAA springboard champion, at a Puerto Rico meet next week but is not yet locked in with Hixon for trials.

Dumais and Hixon competed at the 2013 World Championships, finishing a respectable fifth, and continued to train together into spring 2014 since Dumais was based in Austin, Texas, where Hixon competed for the Longhorns. Ipsen competed at Stanford during that time.

After winning NCAAs as a freshman in 2014, Hixon transferred from Texas to the University of Indiana. Hixon has since competed in synchro solely with one partner, Indiana-based Darian Schmidt.

After the Puerto Rico meet, the best U.S. springboard divers will convene in early April and early May to determine the pairs going forward, Dumais said.

“We’re going to find out right then and there who the best teams are, and then we’re going to dive those teams,” Dumais said. “We have a plan. …  It’s amazing how things can go awry, and then when the pressure’s on, how it all comes back together. It just would have been nice to have this in the plan for two to three years versus months before.”

It’s unclear what Dumais will do if Ipsen and Dorman and Hixon and Schmidt link up for trials and don’t have multiple partners. His 2004 Olympic synchro partner, older brother Justin, is retired. Another experienced synchro partner, younger brother Dwight, is diving with another Texan.

Of course, Dumais could also qualify for the Olympic team individually.

In 2015, he also missed the Worlds team by one spot in the individual springboard, finishing third at trials (behind Hixon and Schmidt). Previously, the last time a U.S. diving team went to an Olympics or Worlds without Dumais was the Atlanta 1996 Games.

Is Dumais more confident he can make the Olympic team in synchro or individually?

“I’m confident about both of them,” he said recently. “I haven’t been traveling and competing as much this go-around because I wanted to make sure that I had the [difficult] dives.”

Dumais placed sixth individually at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and fifth in 2012.

He was inconsistent last year — third at Worlds trials, fourth at Winter Nationals and 11th at the U.S. Championships.

The Worlds trials last May had to be especially painful, as Dumais would have made the team if not for a failed dive in the first round. Scores are cumulative for all three rounds (18 dives total), and Dumais lost about 80 points with the failed, zero-point dive.

He finished 34.85 points out of second place and a Worlds spot.

Then at Winter Nationals in December, Dumais finished fourth, but he upped his degree of difficulty to 20.6 total points in the final round versus 19.9 in most prior rounds and meets last year.

The 20.6 matched Hixon’s difficulty, was six tenths greater than Ipsen (who won Winter Nationals) and six tenths fewer than Dorman.

“Now I’m doing the dives that even the youngest and the strongest are in the world,” Dumais said. “The problem that I always had at the Olympics was that I might have been short a little degree of difficulty.”

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*Dumais would become the oldest U.S. Olympic diver of all time based on birth records available to Olympic historians, but not all U.S. Olympic divers’ ages from the 1904 and 1908 Games are known.

World Athletics excludes transgender women, tightens DSD athlete restrictions, extends ban on Russia, Belarus

Track and Field

World Athletics is excluding male-to-female transgender athletes from top-level international track and field and increasing restrictions for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).

Also Thursday, World Athletics lifted its ban on Russia’s track and field federation that dated to 2015 over doping violations, but Russia and Belarus athletes and officials remain banned due to the war in Ukraine. More on that here.

Regarding transgender athletes, the World Athletics council “decided to prioritize fairness and the integrity of the female competition before inclusion,” according to a press release.

The decision was made after a two-month consultation with national federations, athletes, coaches, the IOC and representatives from transgender and human rights groups.

“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations,” World Athletics President Seb Coe said in the release. “We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage which will inevitably develop over the coming years. As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

A working group, which will include a transgender athlete, will “further consider the issue of transgender inclusion” for 12 months.

There are no transgender athletes currently competing in top-level international track and field, according to World Athletics.

World Athletics also increased restrictions on DSD athletes.

Previously, DSD athletes were eligible to compete in women’s track and field events without having to suppress testosterone, except for running distances from the 400m through the mile. For 400m through the mile, athletes were eligible if their testosterone levels were capped at five nanomoles per liter. World Athletics said that no female athletes would have a level above the cap unless they had a DSD or a tumor.

Starting March 31, all women’s events will have a stricter limit of two and a half nanomoles per liter.

World Athletics said it made the decision based on “more than 10 years of research and evidence of the physical advantages that DSD athletes bring to the female category.”

All DSD athletes who have been competing outside of the 400m through the mile must suppress their testosterone levels below two and a half nanomoles per liter for six months before being eligible to compete again. This makes them ineligible to compete through the world championships in August, but they can come back and qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Testosterone must be suppressed for two years for events from 400m through the mile and for DSD athletes who have not already been competing.

Notable athletes who previously said they were affected by the DSD rules include South African Caster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion in 2012 and 2016 who moved up to the 5000m rather than suppress testosterone to remain in the 800m. Semenya, 32, was eliminated in the 5000m heats at last summer’s world championships.

Also Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who took 2016 Olympic 800m silver behind Semenya and also moved up to longer-distance events. She won the 2021 Diamond League 5000m title and missed last year’s worlds due to a foot injury.

Christine Mboma of Namibia took silver in the Tokyo Olympic 200m after being ruled ineligible to race the 400m due to the testosterone cap. Mboma, 19, missed last year’s worlds after tearing a thigh muscle.

Niger’s Aminatou Seyni finished fourth in the 200m at last year’s worlds after dropping down from the 400m due to the rule.

Athlete Ally, a nonprofit LGBTQ athletic advocacy group, called the new policies discriminatory.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships TV, live stream schedule


The world figure skating championships from Saitama, Japan, air live on USA Network and Peacock this week.

The U.S. has medal contenders in all four disciplines, one year after winning a medal in all four events for the first time since 1967 (note Russia’s ban, and China sent no skaters).

In the pairs’ event that starts Tuesday night (U.S. time), Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier can become the first U.S. duo to win multiple world titles, one year after becoming the first American pair to take gold since 1979.

They rank second in the world this season behind Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, last year’s silver medalists who look to earn Japan’s first pairs’ world title.

Japan has the world’s top two women’s singles skaters in reigning world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Grand Prix Final winner Mai Mihara.

Isabeau Levito, a 16-year-old American who won last year’s world junior title, ranks fourth in the field by best score this season. She can become the youngest world medalist since 2014.

Ilia Malinin, an 18-year-old American who this season became the first skater to land a quadruple Axel, is seeded second in the men’s field behind Shoma Uno, the reigning world champion from Japan.

In ice dance, Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates posted the world’s top score this season at last month’s Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs. After 12 seasons together, their goal is to win their first world title after silver in 2015, bronze in 2016 and bronze in 2022.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships Broadcast Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Network
Tuesday Pairs’ Short 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Wednesday Women’s Short 2:45-8 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Women’s Short 6-8 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Pairs’ Free 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Thursday Men’s Short 2:45-8 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Men’s Short 6-8 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Pairs’ Free 8-10 a.m.* USA | STREAM LINK
Rhythm Dance 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Friday Women’s Free 4:15-8:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Women’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Free Dance 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM
Saturday Men’s Free 4:15-8:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Men’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Highlights 8-10 p.m.* NBC | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast.