Carson City's Palmer prepares to compete at FINA World Diving Championships
RENO, Nev. —
For Northern Nevadans, Krysta Palmer’s name is most definitely associated with the word success.
The Carson City native has ascended the ranks of the USA Diving scene in a very short time.
Her next stop is her first international diving competition, which just so happens to be The World Diving Championships.
"She called me and I said, ‘Wow,'" said her coach Jian Li You. "I was shocked. She qualified. It was shocking."
Four and a half years ago, Palmer was a trampolinist who had never competed in diving.
Two weekends ago, she became one of two US divers to advance to the FINA World Diving Championships in the three-meter springboard.
"I can sleep a little better now so that’s good," said Palmer with a laugh. "For the last few days, I haven’t been able to sleep because I’ve been so excited thinking about the journey. That type of meet is just so exciting in general."
Her transformation in such a short amount of time is something Coach You says she has never seen in her career in either China or the United States.
You believes that the Nevada grad already can compete with some of the best in the sport.
"I told her, I said, ‘In my opinion, you’re the only one who can scare the Chinese team.’ So far I don’t see any other American diver on a springboard that can scare the Chinese team because of the look, the form, the dives she does."
The FINA World Diving Championships will be Krysta’s first international diving meet and thus the first time she will see where she measures up against the vaunted Chinese in competition.
But more importantly it will help her towards her biggest goal: The 2020 Olympics.
"We’re not going to stop until we get there. This will just be a very good stepping stone," said Palmer.
You echoed that statement: "It’s so important because you are on the top competitive level. You’re Team USA. She’s on the national team. That’s the first step. You have to be in it. Then you’ve got a chance."
And Palmer's goals for this competition?
Well, they’re quite simple.
"I just want to make Nevada proud because it’s my hometown. Everybody in this community has been really, really supportive and encouraging and that’s the biggest thing. Make my hometown proud and myself proud. I don’t expect too much, but I’m definitely not done training, and I’m going to go until we reach the top."