The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are fast approaching and the pressure to qualify is more intense than ever before.
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No one felt this pressure more than four time Olympic athlete Troy Dumais, who has been an ambassador for the US and springboard diving since he joined the Olympic team in 2000.
Not only has Dumais been on every Olympic team since 2000, he also won a bronze medal in the synchronized 3m in the 2012 Games in London, a gold in the 2007 Pan American Games as well as numerous national championships.
But the 36-year-old’s epic chapter came to an end this year when he failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
As he stood on the diving board, preparing for the final dive of his career, raw emotion quickly stole his composure. Dumais who has dedicated his entire life to the sport, knew it was soon to be over and was overcome with feelings that were just too intense to ignore. While tears streamed down his face, the entire arena, including family, friends, and coaches, stood up and paid respect to his illustrious career with one last standing ovation.
“What a way to go out,”he said. “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.â€
Check out the emotional moment in the video below. What a wonderful memory he can cherish forever!
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