USA Diving Features Troy Dumais receives...

Troy Dumais receives standing ovation before final dive of his career

By USA Diving | June 25, 2016, 10:47 p.m. (ET)

A four-time Olympian. An Olympic bronze medalist. A 38-time national champion. A national team member since 1996.
Few have had the career that Troy Dumais has had.
And on Saturday, that career came to end in front a crowd that gave him a standing ovation before his emotional final dive at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, at which he finished fourth in the men’s 3-meter contest.
When asked if this was his final competitive dive, the 36-year-old paused.
            “I have a hard time answering that question, because I love to dive. But yes. What a way to go out. It’s been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The standing ovation in front of my family, seeing my family after I did the dive; I haven’t stopped crying since I was on the board,” Dumais said. “But competitively, yes, it’s a dive that I’ll always remember in my mind. Seeing the people, it was actually hard to do. I enjoyed every moment of it.”
            With a list of accomplishments like his, it was difficult for him to pinpoint his greatest moment. Ultimately, he said his most cherished memories weren’t necessarily those that involved hardware or titles.
            “I think the greatest moments in my career are the fact that I started because someone told me I couldn’t. Diving at the Olympics with my brother, winning a medal, of course, but everyone calls me grandfather. And I take note of that, because it means a lot,” Dumais said. “It might not be the right time to call me grandfather, especially when I’m still competing. It means a lot to me because I’m there for them. I was there as a competitor, but also as a friend and as a family member. I was a competitor who wanted to push them to be better to reach their dreams. Giving Kristian (Ipsen) and Mike (Hixon) a hug at the very end, they both thanked me for everything.”
            Ipsen and Hixon, who qualified to represent the U.S. in the individual 3-meter event in Rio, both said they owed a lot to Dumais. Ipsen won Olympic 3-meter synchro bronze with Dumais in 2012, and Hixon competed with Dumais in synchro at the 2013 World Championships.
            “I just told him that I loved him and I said thank you. The first time I was ever on a senior national team it was because of him, he was my partner. The first time I ever went to the World Series it was because of him, he was my partner. We trained together at Texas for a year,” Hixon said. “What he’s done for USA Diving has been unbelievable. As an ambassador for the sport, he’s an unbelievable mentor for kids who are just coming up. I’m sure Kristian can attest to that as well. Thank you doesn’t quite cut it when you’re talking to him. So congrats to him on an unbelievable career.
           Ipsen echoed those sentiments, and said it was hard for him to focus on his final dive after witnessing the emotions of Dumais’ last dive.
          "We dove together for such a long time and he’s taught me so much in this sport. I went to my first Olympics with him, and kind of because of him. He never missed a dive when we were diving together. He’s the most amazing athlete I’ve ever met. It was a very moving experience for me,” Ipsen said. “(After), he said ‘you’re going to kill it’ (in Rio) because he’s been in the place that I was in. It’s pretty awesome. He’s been to four Olympics, so for him to say that was like passing on the torch. It was a really cool moment definitely.”