Who is... Kassidy Cook
Kassidy Cook, 21, is a diver on the U.S. national team and a student at Stanford University from The Woodlands, Texas. She missed the 2012 Olympic team by half a point and has since undergone three surgeries on her shoulder and knee. But she bounced back and has been on a roll for the U.S., including securing the 3m springboard berth for the country at the 2016 Olympics. She'll compete on the 3m springboard at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Cook started diving at 3 years old, just as her older sister was also getting into the sport. She was ultra-competitive, even at a young age, when she started asking her parents about how she should train for the “balimpics.”
Major competitions/ medals
Cook and then-partner Cassidy Krug won a bronze medal in synchronized springboard at the 2011 Pan American Games.
At that same competition, Cook placed fourth individually on springboard.
Cook won two national titles on springboard in 2015 – at summer and winter nationals. She also paired with Abby Johnston to earn a silver medal in synchronized springboard at the Puerto Rico Grand Prix competition in April.
Cook won seven individual Junior Pan American titles: in 2005, she swept the non-Olympic 1m springboard, 3m springboard and 10m platform and in both 2007 and 2009 she won both the 1m and 3m springboards. In 2010, she won the FINA World Junior Diving Championships titles on both the 1m and 3m springboards.
“She would go to bed at night for probably about a year and as we would go to bed, she would say to me, ‘do you think the Chinese are still training?’ because she knew that the Chinese were the ones to beat.” – Cook’s mother Laura said
Cook has never competed in the Olympics; however, she earned the U.S.’ first 2016 quota spot in a World Cup event in February.
She was an alternate for the U.S. team at the 2012 Olympics and watched the Opening Ceremony from a hospital bed after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Outside the pool
Cook took a year off from school at Stanford University to focus on training back home. She also enjoys collecting memorabilia from all her favorite franchises, including Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star Wars.
Cook comes from a big family. She’s the fifth of six siblings, whose names all start with the letter “K” – Kevin, Kara, Kelsey, Kylie and Kendall. The family also has two black labs named Bentley and Zoe.