Thursday's Conversation With Nevada's Krysta Palmer
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Welcome to Thursday’s Conversation. Each week, one Mountain West student-athlete will be featured by answering a series of questions.
Joining the conversation this week is Nevada’s Krysta Palmer. The junior is a diver for the Wolf Pack and currently leads the MW in both the 1- and 3-meter disciplines. She also participates in platform diving.
The Carson City, Nev., native was an All-Conference member in 2013-14 and earned MW Diver of the Week accolades on Oct. 28, 2014. Currently, Palmer is in Honolulu, Hawai‘i attending a national diving camp and is wrapping up her stay by competing in the Hawai‘i Diving Invitational.
Question: You’ve been in Hawai‘i taking part in a diving camp. How has that gone?
Answer: We’ve been out here for almost two weeks and I have to say this has been the trip of a lifetime for me. I’ll be competing for the first time this season in platform and that’s really where my focus has been recently.
Q: Your coach, Jian Li You, is regarded as one of the top diving coaches in the country and she has an impressive resume as an athlete as well (former Chinese national champion). What’s it been like to work with her?
A: It’s amazing. I would not be where I am today without her. She gives me a lot of confidence; if she thinks I can do it, I’ll go for it. I’ve only been diving for two years and came from the sport of trampoline and she’s spent a lot of time transforming me from a trampoline athlete to a diver. She has an amazing energy level and she keeps us going and always wants to see us do our best. I feel like I want to impress her and make her proud because she’s invested a lot of time in me.
Q: You were a successful athlete in another sport, the trampoline. How did you make the decision to become a diver?
A: It was really a tough decision. I was going in for surgery for a torn ACL that I injured while on the trampoline; it was the second time I had torn the ACL in my right knee. I had injured myself just before world’s and I was undecided on if I was going to go back to the sport or not. A friend of mind that was a diver told how Nevada had a good diving program and that I should go check it out. I went up to campus a few times to train and really liked Jian Li You as a coach and was picking things up fast, so I decided to go for it.
Q: Was it difficult leaving the trampoline behind?
A: It was very tough in the beginning, because I was entering this new world and I had no idea how far I could go with diving. I was basically starting over and it was hard starting from the bottom and working my way up, but now I have no regrets whatsoever.
Q: Any thoughts on what you’d like to do when you finish your studies?
A: I want to an athletic trainer. I’m majoring in kinesiology and community and health science. Working with and traveling with a team is something that’s right up my alley.
Q: You own your own motorcycle?
A: Yes. I bought it myself when I was 19. It’s a Kawasaki Ninja 600. My dad pretty much raised me riding on the back of dirt bikes and motorcycles.
Q: When you’re not in the pool or training for competition, what do you like to do?
A: We live next to Lake Tahoe and there’s so much do. I love to go jet skiing, boating, mountain biking and really any outdoor activity. Summer is the only time I can do that and have the time so I really enjoy getting outdoors as much as I can.
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