Take a dive into the life of Krysta Palmer
Tick-Tock. It’s 10:54 a.m. A wave of panic shoots through me, hopefully she’s here any minute. At that moment, it dawned on me, I was looking for a stranger. I scan the crowd looking for someone with golden aura screaming Olympic-hopeful. I take another glimpse at her swimming profile picture. Our 11 a.m. studio time is quickly approaching. Krysta Palmer arrives right in time expressing her sincerest apologies, her class had ran over the time.
Though she didn’t possess a golden aura like Hercules, she did have warm glow about her. Palmer was wearing a bedazzled University of Nevada diving shirt, quite fitting to match her decorated career. The reigning Mountain West Diver of the year was extremely engaging as we began in casual small talk. It was as if we had known each other beforehand. She informed me that she still had hectic day ahead of her, consisting of homework and training.
On center stage, and under the bright lights Palmer kept her cool; this wasn’t her first go around. As we prepped and proceeded through the interview, Palmer radiated charisma and confidence. The interview began with us discussing her favorite coach, Coach Jian Li You.
“She has become a second mom to me”, Palmer said as her cheeks glowed.
Her relationship with Coach You is very close knit. Coach You continues to push her and serve as her inspiration everyday.
Palmer wasn’t always a diver but she has always been an athlete and a rewarded one at that. In 2009, she was a national champion in trampoline and a member of a U.S. team that competed throughout Europe. Unfortunately, the trampoline took a tremendous toll on Palmer’s knees, forcing her into an early retirement.
Based on a suggestion from a friend, Palmer decided to walk on to the Nevada diving team, a sport that she hadn’t participated in since she was 12. She was a natural. Her talent and grace from the trampoline allowed for a smooth transition into diving. Coach You even believes that she has the potential to defeat the Chinese, which is much easier said than done. As a more than successful walk-on, Palmer had a bit of advice to offer to those willing to walk that path.
“Always work hard and give it your all. Try your hardest.”
She believes hard work, persistence, and determination will be rewarded.
Not only is she talented, 23-year-old Palmer is also mentally tough. She has had her fair share of trials and tribulations throughout her career, but three knee surgeries later she is standing tall on her one-meter springboard hoping to represent her country. Palmer discussed how important it is to have a positive mindset in life and in sport.
She wants us to keep in mind that, “It won’t always be like this, it will get better!”.
She practices what she preaches. Time and time again, she has turned her adversities into a learning experiences, and she hopes she can share this with others.
Influenced by her history of injuries Palmer would like to become an athletic trainer when everything’s said and done. She wants to use her experience to help other athletes make it through their tough times and overcome their injuries.
“If I can be the one to help other athletes overcome their injury and maintain a positive mindset that’s what I want to do.”