Delaney Schnell, Katrina Young complete U.S. Olympic diving team in individual platform


Delaney Schnell had never won an individual diving competition at the senior level — until Sunday night when it mattered most.

Schnell landed a cumulative, three-round score of 1021.9 points to win the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials plus a spot in a second event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer.

She had first qualified in synchronized platform with partner and 2016 Olympian Jessica Parratto.

“It definitely helps that I qualified on Friday night, and it made it even easier for me to go out and enjoy it, work on my mentality and have fun,” Schnell told NBC reporter Kelli Stavast.

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The 22-year-old topped a field that included four Olympians, though that comes as no surprise as she has been one of the U.S.’ best prospects for an Olympic medal since winning bronze at the 2019 World Championships.

Schnell ended a 14-year medal drought for U.S. women at the event.

Katrina Young, 29, will join her in the individual platform contest in Tokyo. A 2016 Olympian, Young was the leader after the semifinal in Indianapolis, but fell out of Olympic contention on her second dive.

That changed on the fifth and final dive, where she passed Murphy Bromberg and secured a return to the Games by a mere 2.95 points over Bromberg.

A four-time U.S. and two-time Grand Prix champion, Bromberg was third at the 2016 Olympic Trials as well. She and Young also finished runner-up to Schnell and Parratto in the synchro contest this week, where only one team goes to the Olympics.

“It’s wonderful,” Young said of making the team. “I’m in shock a little bit right now. This was the plan, but it was a roller coaster.”

Young missed the Olympic final in Rio by one spot and is excited to have another shot.

Her grandmother, Elaine Silburn, represented Canada at the London 1948 Olympics, competing in the high jump, long jump and 4×100 relay. According to Young, Silburn then went on to become a well-renowned dog-show judge and restaurant owner.

Parratto placed fourth with 973.73 points, followed by Abigail Knapton (930.3) and Amy Cozad Magaña (922.2), Parratto’s synchro partner in Rio.

The only Olympic medalist in the field, Laura Wilkinson finished 10th with 804.3 points. Making the final was a win itself for the 43-year-old mother of four, who returned to the sport a few years ago after initially retiring in 2008 following her third Games.

Wilkinson won gold in Sydney in 2000, when she famously rose from eighth to first in the final. Her Olympic gold remains the last by a U.S. woman. Her 2005 World title was also the last medal by a U.S. woman at that event until Schnell two years ago.

Wilkinson has yet to say if this was her final competition.

Individual women’s platform was the final event of Trials.

The 2020 U.S. Olympic Diving Team consists of 11 athletes, eight of whom are making their Olympic debut in Tokyo. Three will compete in both an individual and synchronized event.

The team includes Alison Gibson (synchronized springboard), Hailey Hernandez (individual springboard), Krysta Palmer (individual springboard, synchronized springboard), Jessica Parratto (synchronized platform), Schnell (individual platform, synchronized platform), Young (individual platform), Andrew Capobianco (individual springboard, synchronized springboard), Tyler Downs (individual springboard), Michael Hixon (synchronized springboard), Brandon Loschiavo (individual platform) and Jordan Windle (individual platform).

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In a tie, Wendy Holdener puts to rest a remarkable stat in Alpine skiing


Swiss Wendy Holdener ended one of the most remarkable victory droughts in sports by tying for the win with Swede Anna Swenn Larsson in a World Cup slalom in Killington, Vermont, on Sunday.

Holdener, after 15 second-place finishes and 15 third-place finishes in her career, stood on the top step of a World Cup slalom podium for the first time. She shared it with Swenn Larsson, who had six World Cup slalom podiums before Sunday and also earned her first win.

They beat Austrian Katharina Truppe by .22 of a second combining times from two runs.

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Holdener, 29, previously won three World Cups in other disciplines, plus two world championships in the combined and Olympic and world titles in the team event.

“To be tied first when I came into the finish was such a relief,” Holdener said while shoulder to shoulder with Swenn Larsson. “On the end, it’s perfect, because now we can share our first win together.”

Mikaela Shiffrin had the best first-run time but lost her lead midway through the second run and finished fifth. Shiffrin, who won the first two slaloms this season last weekend, was bidding for a 50th World Cup slalom victory and a sixth win in six slaloms in Killington.

“I fought. I think some spots I got a little bit off my timing, but I was pushing, and that’s slalom,” she said before turning her attention to Holdener and Swenn Larsson. “It’s a pretty special day, actually.”

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves next weekend to Lake Louise, Alberta, with two downhills and a super-G.

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Injured Ilia Malinin wins Grand Prix Finland, qualifies for Grand Prix Final

Ilia Malinin

Ilia Malinin, competing “a little bit injured” this week, still won Grand Prix Finland and goes into the Grand Prix Final in two weeks as the world’s top-ranked male singles skater.

Malinin, who was second after Friday’s short program, landed four clean quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate to overtake Frenchman Kevin Aymoz.

Malinin, who landed a quad flip in competition for the first time, according to, also attempted a quad Axel to open his program, but spun out of the landing and put his hand down on the ice.

Malinin also won his previous two starts this season in come-from-behind fashion. The 17-year-old world junior champion became the first skater to land a clean, fully rotated quad Axel in September, then did it again in October at Skate America, where he posted the world’s top overall score this season.

Next, Malinin can become the second-youngest man to win the Grand Prix Final after Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. His biggest competition is likely to be world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who like Malinin won both of his Grand Prix starts this fall. Malinin and Uno have not gone head-to-head this season.

Grand Prix Finland highlights air on NBC, and the NBC Sports app on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Earlier, Japan’s Mai Mihara overtook world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium to become the only woman to win both of her Grand Prix starts this season. Mihara prevailed by .23 of a point. The top three women this season by best total score are Japanese, led by a junior skater, 14-year-old Mao Shimada, who isn’t Olympic age-eligible until 2030.

Mihara and Hendrickx qualified for the Grand Prix Final, joining world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe, both of Japan, South Korean Yelim Kim and American Isabeau Levito, the world junior champion.

Italians Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini won both pairs’ programs and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final.

Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Americans Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier headline the Final. Both pairs won each of their Grand Prix starts earlier this fall. The Japanese have the world’s two best scores this season. The Americans are reigning world champions.

At least one Russian or Chinese pair made every Grand Prix Final podium — usually pairs from both countries — but neither nation competed in pairs this Grand Prix season. All Russian skaters are banned due to the war in Ukraine. China’s lone entry on the Grand Prix across all disciplines was an ice dance couple.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier improved on their world-leading score for this season in winning the ice dance by 17.03 points over Americans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker. Both couples qualified for the Grand Prix Final in the absence of all three Olympic medalists this fall.

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