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Troy Dumais is a diver competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Troy Dumais competed in the Beijing Games and placed sixth in the 3m springboard — the fourth time he's finished sixth at an Olympics. He's yet to win an Olympic medal. Is the No. 6 unlucky for the Texas resident? "I don't look at it as an unlucky number," Boudia said. "It's what you can learn from your past and how you approach it and how you bring it to the future. You keep the fire going." Dumais is seeking 3m individual and 3m synchro berth for London.

Dumais will be 32 during the London Games, while his 3m synchro partner Kristian Ipsen will be 19. Dumais said the gap does not bother him, but his teammates on the National Team — especially Ipsen — like to give him a hard time. "They call me grandpa, or godfather sometimes," Dumais said. "I love it because they can come to me for anything. I've been through the ups, the downs."

One of America's top springboard divers since the mid-1990s, Dumais competed in the springboard and synchronized springboard events at the Sydney and Athens Games as well. His best finish was fourth in synchro in Sydney. In Athens, competing with his older brother Justin, Dumais finished sixth in synchro. Troy took the blame for the finish, saying, "I slowed down, and didn't keep up the pace with my brother, so then he tried to slow down and we were off, and that was my bad."

Dumais had never earned a medal in a major international competition in the individual springboard, so his out-of-the-medals finish in 2000 wasn't a shock. Dumais had more success in synchronized competitions, usually with brother Justin. However, in the Games, paired with David Pichler, 12 years his senior, the duo just missed a medal, finishing fourth. "I guess it wasn't good enough," Dumais said after the event. "We didn't miss a thing. There was nothing more we could have done. I don't know what the judges think or what they saw."

Dumais' other passion is playing golf and his dream is to one day play a round at Augusta National — home of the annual Masters Tournament. His favorite golfer is Tiger Woods, although he is friends with Trip Kuehne, who lost to Woods in the 1994 U.S. Amateur Championship. "I really aspired to watch Tiger because when he was so mentally strong," Dumais said. "That's [a] great mentally, you're going to do well."

Dumais graduated from the University of Texas and trains in Austin. He spent time leading up to Athens at the training center in The Woodlands, Texas, alongside Laura Wilkinson, but found there were few other people his age in the area and decided the atmosphere in Austin was better suited for him. "Diving all the time, you have to have a balance in your life," Dumais said. "Getting back to Austin has been such a huge difference for me."

Dumais' effort to qualify for Sydney took more than talent and poise. Dumais passed two kidney stones within 16 hours of the final, but managed to tolerate the pain and make his last six dives. "I told myself if I was able to walk, there was no way I wasn't diving," Dumais said. "I put in too many years of training to just step out." It wasn't Dumais' first experience with kidney stones. At the 1999 World University Games in Spain, he was admitted to a local hospital after complaining of pain on his right side. He eventually passed a stone and withdrew from the competition. Dumais also passed kidney stones in 2001.

In 1996, Dumais almost became the youngest male diver since Greg Louganis 20 years earlier to make the U.S. Olympic Team. At the trials for Atlanta, Dumais, then 16, finished third on platform, one spot away from qualifying. During the meet, Dumais thrilled the spectators and judges with the only perfect 10, for a backward 3½ somersault.

Dumais won his first national championship in 1996, taking the 3-meter springboard event at the outdoor nationals. He repeated as springboard champion the next two years. Dumais was named the 1997 U.S. Diving Athlete of the Year, and in 1998 made his first appearance at the World Championships, where he finished 10th on springboard and also earned a silver medal in the non-Olympic 1-meter springboard event. He won U.S. 3m springboard titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

When Dumais won the springboard title at the 1997 outdoor nationals, his older brother, Justin, took second. The pair became the first siblings to finish 1-2 at a national meet. At the 2000 Olympic Trials, Justin finished fifth on platform, 39.69 points ahead of Troy, who was sixth (only the top two qualified for Sydney). Troy has two other brothers and a sister, all of whom have dived competitively. All five Dumais children competed at the 1997 National Junior Diving Championships, where Troy won the springboard title.

After missing time with a foot injury in early 1999, Dumais returned to take second in the platform and 3-meter springboard events at the indoor nationals. Two years earlier, at the same event, Mark Ruiz had been given the platform silver medal and Dumais the bronze. But a scoring error was discovered after the medals had been awarded, vaulting Dumais over Ruiz. By virtue of the second place, Dumais earned a World Cup spot. But he relinquished that berth, saying Ruiz was better on the platform and deserved to go.


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Age: 36 years old
Birthday: January 21, 1980
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birthplace: Ventura, CA
Current Residence: Austin, TX

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