Kennedy native Cassidy Krug competes during the women's 3-meter springboard diving semifinal today.
By J. Brady McCollough Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
LONDON -- Cassidy Krug excels at staying within herself. She continually has said that, no matter how she finishes at these Olympics, she will be happy as long as she knows she performed her dives to the best of her ability.
If that places her last, then that's how it was supposed to be. If that places her on the medal stand, great. If that wins her gold, well, even better.
That said, if Krug can dig deep for an extra gear -- a mean streak, perhaps -- now would be the time to do it.
"I felt a lot more confident and I have more room to improve," Krug said.
"When I'm nervous I tend to think about things too much, even things I know I don't really need to think about. It really helps me to stay relaxed and remind myself that my body knows what to do."
Krug, 27, a native of Kennedy and a Montour High alum, was fifth after the 3-meter springboard diving semifinals Saturday afternoon with a five-dive total of 345.60 points -- a major improvement over her 320.10 Friday in the preliminary round.
She qualified along with 11 others for the finals today, which will start at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Judging by the scores Saturday, Krug has a chance of winning a medal. She trailed third-place Zi He of China by 8.9 points.
The scores are not cumulative, so she will dive with a clean slate in the finals.
Her synchronized diving partner, Wu Mingxia, is five dives away from winning her record-tying sixth Olympic diving medal. It's likely to be gold. China already is halfway toward a sweep of the diving golds.
Wu cruised into the top spot in the semifinals with a total of 394.4 points in the five rounds, giving her a lead of 32.3 points over second-place Tania Cagnotto of Italy, who had 362.1.
Wu already owns three gold medals in 3-meter synchronized competition as well as one silver and one bronze. One more would tie her with retired Chinese star Guo Jingjing as well as give China its fifth diving gold of the London Games.
Wu earned all 9.0s for her last dive, a back 2 1/2 somersault pike that barely made a splash as she sliced into the water. She scored between 76.50 and 81 points for each of her semifinal dives.
Wu and He teamed to win the 3-meter synchronized title on the first day of diving.
Cagnotto, a four-time Olympian, is seeking her first medal. She was fifth in the event at Beijing. Her father and coach, Giorgio Cagnotto, won the first of his four Olympic medals 40 years ago.
Jennifer Abel of Canada was fourth at 353.25. American Christina Loukas advanced in sixth at 339.75.
Others advancing were Laura Sanchez Soto of Mexico, Emilie Heymans of Canada, Sharleen Stratton of Australia, Anna Lindberg of Sweden, Jaele Patrick of Australia and Olena Fedorova of Ukraine.