Divers Palmer, Hernandez – 11 years apart – will represent U.S. in springboard in Tokyo

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Krysta Palmer became one of the first two divers to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team on Thursday when she won the synchronized springboard competition with Alison Gibson.

On Saturday, Palmer, who turns 29 on Sunday, ensured she will also compete in the individual springboard contest in Tokyo when she topped that event. And she will be joined there by 18-year-old Hailey Hernandez.

Tokyo will be the first Olympics for both divers. Palmer will be the oldest U.S. diver to make her Olympic debut since 2004 when Kimiko Soldati competed in Athens at 30.

“This is so unreal; I’m at a loss of words right now,” Hernandez told NBC reporter Kelli Stavast. “I’m just so excited.”

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Recent high school graduate Hernandez, who will begin her career at University of Texas this fall, won the prelims earlier in the week, but was then caught by Palmer in the semifinals. Score are cumulative through all three rounds.

Palmer maintained her lead in the final and won by a margin of 85.4 points in Indianapolis. She finished with 1011.95 points while Hernandez had 926.55.

Gibson was in second through much of the final, looking like she would join her synchro partner in the individual as well, until she allowed both Hernandez and Kristen Hayden to catch her in the fourth round.

In perhaps the most surprising result of the meet, Sarah Bacon was third, 14.45 points behind Hernandez. Hayden finished fourth and Gibson fifth.

A favorite to make the Olympic team, Bacon also missed out on the synchro Olympic berth by one spot as well, placing second with 2016 Olympian Kassidy Cook. Bacon became the first U.S. woman in 14 years to win an individual world championship medal when she took 1-meter springboard silver in 2019. Last month, she earned World Cup silver in the Olympic 3-meter event.

Palmer had the highest degree of difficulty dive list of the Olympic contenders, while Hernandez had the lowest.

Ironically, the younger Hernandez competed in her first USA Diving national championships before Palmer had even taken up the sport. Hernandez started diving at age 7, while Palmer did not try it until she was 20, following careers in both artistic gymnastics and trampoline.

“This has always been a goal of mine, and I didn’t know if it was outrageous when I started diving,” Palmer said. “It was only eight years ago, and I came in with a background of trampoline. I just wanted to pick up a sport of fun, and look what it turned into.”

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final