Boudia is one of only two divers at the Olympic trials (June 17-24, Federal Way, Wash.) who owns an individual world championship medal. The 2011 world silver medalist will be an overwhelming favorite to win the men's platform. The top two finishers in every individual event will go to London. The winners in three synchronized events (men's platform and springboard, women's springboard) will also qualify for the Olympics. Boudia, who was 10th at the 2008 Olympics, is the best hope to end the U.S. diving medal drought at the Olympics, dating back to 2000.
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McCrory is a Duke student and Boudia's partner in the synchronized platform. He and Boudia placed fifth together at the 2011 world championships, where McCrory also placed sixth individually. McCrory was fourth at the 2008 Olympic trials as a 16-year-old.
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Finchum was Boudia's synchro partner at the 2007 worlds (bronze), 2008 Olympics (fifth) and 2009 worlds (silver). But Finchum underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2010, missing seven months as Boudia and McCrory teamed up. Now, Finchum must overtake McCrory individually to make his second Olympic team.
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Dumais, 32, aims to be the first U.S. male diver to compete at four Olympics. A five-time world medalist, Dumais has never won an Olympic medal. But this year could be his best shot. Dumais and rising Stanford sophomore Kristian Ipsen, 13 years Dumais' junior, were fourth in the synchro springboard at the 2011 world championships. Dumais was also fifth individually.
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Ipsen went undefeated in his first collegiate regular season and won the NCAA 3-meter springboard title in March. He's a good bet to make the Olympic team individually, too, given he hasn't finished lower than second at a national meet in four years. Ipsen was fifth as a 15-year-old at the 2008 Olympic trials.
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No American diver was closer to medaling at the 2008 Olympics than Colwill and partner Jevon Tarantino. They were fourth in the synchro springboard, 4.32 points out of bronze. With Dumais and Ipsen together, it'll be tough for Colwill and new partner Drew Livingston to snag the only available spot. Rather, Colwill's better hope may be individually, where it's pretty much a three-man race for two spots with Dumais and Ipsen.
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The daughter of Cy Young winner Frank Viola first made waves as a 17-year-old at the 2004 Olympic trials, where she nearly beat defending Olympic champion Laura Wilkinson. Viola was close again at the 2008 trials, placing fourth. With Wilkinson retired, Viola vaulted into favorite status at these trials after making the world championship team in 2009 and 2011 and winning the 2011 national title.
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Ishimatsu, 14th at the 2008 Olympics, looked to be on the ropes when she was 13th at the 2011 national championships. But she came back to win the 2012 winter nationals and take fourth at the USA Diving Grand Prix, the best U.S. finisher (ahead of Viola). In synchro, Ishimatsu took fifth with Mary Beth Dunnichay at the 2008 Olympics, but the U.S. did not qualify for the event in London.
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If anybody can beat out the favored Viola and Ishimatsu, it's likely Parratto. She's placed no lower than fifth at national championships since focusing solely on the platform beginning in 2010. She's 17 years old, so you have to wonder how she'll handle the nerves of the biggest meet of her life.
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Loukas, whose family owns the Cubby Bear Lounge in Wrigleyville, is the defending Olympic trials champion. She went on to finish ninth at the Beijing Games. Loukas has been steady on the U.S. scene since, with two firsts, two seconds and two thirds at national meets. Internationally, she's become the best American female medal threat, moving up to eighth at the 2009 worlds and fourth at the 2011 worlds.
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Krug has won the last two national championships and last two winter national titles after taking a year off following an eighth-place showing at the 2008 trials. Her international results have been more spotty, so Krug will be fighting Loukas, Kelci Bryant and similarly named Kassidy Cook for an Olympic berth.
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Bryant made the 2008 Olympic team in the synchro and got fourth with Ariel Rittenhouse. She was fifth individually at the 2008 trials but should finish higher this time. Bryant placed seventh at both the 2011 world championships and the 2012 USA Diving Grand Prix, the No. 2 American to Loukas at both international meets. Bryant could also return to the Olympics in synchro with partner Abby Johnston.
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