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Chris Colwill practicing patience in London

1:35 PM, Jul 28, 2012   |    comments
Chris Colwill of the USA Diving team answers questions during a press conference on July 26, 2012 at the MPC in London, England. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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LONDON -- Diver Chris Colwill hopes to be a little calmer at these Olympics.

The Georgia graduate who finished fourth in the 3-meter synchronized diving and 12th in the 3-meter board at the 2008 Olympics is hoping to slow himself down a bit heading into the competition.

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"I definitely understand what I need to do to get the job done at these Olympics and that is to be patient,'' he said. "We have a ton of time until we compete and also we have a ton of time during our competitions to deal with outside extractions such as TV and all of the formalities we have to go through at the competition.''

Colwill dealt with those issues quite well in Beijing four years ago, but only to a point.

"I was very strong in the three-meter synchronized diving,'' he said. "And I was in the top six after the semifinals in the individuals. I was actually on the rise -- in contention to medal -- but I just got kind of tired at the end. I started running out of energy that I could have maybe saved from the semifinals.''

That is where the slow down comes in.

Colwill is fond of walking, but you wouldn't have seen him walking through the village. Instead he would practically wear out the carpet in the suite he shares.

"I'm a very active person so I like to spend time walking around thinking about things,'' he said. "It's not so much walking around as it is pacing around. It would be from my room to the common room. I'm just going back and forth, just thinking about the finals. It's mentally draining. I guess you can only get away with that to a certain extent.

"Definitely, that's not the case with the Olympics. You really have to just keep your cool and pretty much wait for the time of your event.''

While waiting for his event, Colwill understands he needs to be off his feet, not on his feet.

"I've learned to be much better with taking a nap, laying down and just waiting for the event to come to me,'' he said. "I've learned how to be ready at the right time.''

The right time for Colwill could be now, although he doesn't like to think -- or talk -- about his expectations.

"I'm a little different than most,'' he said. "I think maybe I like to have fun and enjoy what I'm doing because when I have fun that's' when I feel I'm doing really well. I honestly believe if I can enjoy my time and focus on one dive at a time, anything's possible.

"If you think about the medal when you're in the preliminaries I think you might as well be done.''

(Mick McCabe, USA Today)

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