After 19 years of diving, today I officially announce my retirement from the sport. It is a very difficult day but also a day spent reflecting on all the amazing memories and opportunities this sport has provided me. Representing the United States, University of Miami, and USA Diving at the highest level of sport has been a tremendous honor. I’ve trained with the highest standards and best coaches possible to chase that unimaginable dream, and we did it!
I have no regrets retiring from this sport today. After multiple injuries throughout 19 years of competing, subsequent surgeries and countless hours of rehab, I would still do it all over again. At this point in my life, I know my body can no longer withstand the extreme intensity of training and perfection that this sport demands. These demands have provided me with many rewards that can never be taken away and life skills that will serve as valuable lessons to navigate my future.
Looking back on all the memories from this great sport and all that was essential to reach this point, I owe a huge thank you to many:
To my family - for sticking with me through all the ups and downs over the years. For teaching me what hard work, discipline and accountability can create. I will strive endlessly to honor them and their principles.
To my coaches - who have been nothing short of outstanding. You’ve taught me communication skills, loyalty, selflessness, teamwork and to never lose your sense of humor. Each and every training session was a perfect balance of hard work, fun and laughter that kept me coming back every day with a smile on my face.
Thank you to the University of Miami and the Hurricane Athletic department. If there is one word to describe a Cane it is “FAMILY.” I have the upmost respect for everyone there and I thank you all for the amazing education and endless support throughout the years.
It was a team effort of the Hurricanes and Hoosiers to achieve the Olympic dream. Many thanks to my right-hand man, Michael Hixon. You set the standard for a disciplined work ethic and demanded a non- negotiable level of excellence in every training session. I could not have asked for a better Olympic teammate.
To my former and current teammates - You all have been amazing. I’m going to miss traveling the world with you and working towards that next ultimate goal.
None of this could have been accomplished without the talented medical staff at the University of Miami, the Olympic Training Center, USA Diving and everyone else that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. I thank you all for the countless hours spent doing rehab and treatment, keeping me on the board, and putting up with my terrible jokes.
To all the younger divers coming up in the sport - always believe in yourself, have a love for your sport, work hard and set high standards. With those things, no dream is ever unachievable.
Lastly, thank you to the wonderful sport of diving. The past 19 years have been nothing short of spectacular and I wouldn’t change a single thing. I will hang up the Speedo and walk away with amazing memories, lifelong friendships and most of all, life lessons that will carry me on to my next adventure.