Coach K, Duke divers return from London Olympics
Posted August 13, 2012
Updated August 14, 2012
Morrisville, N.C. — The Duke University family has a lot of celebrating to do.
On Monday, men's basketball coach Mike Kryzyzewski and divers Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory returned from the London Olympics with some serious hardware.
Coach K led Team USA to a gold-medal victory over Spain in his last game as the U.S. Olympic coach. Johnston, along with diving partner Kelci Bryant, earned a silver medal in the women's synchronized 3-meter springboard competition.
McCrory brought home a bronze medal from the men's synchronized 10-meter platform competition, which he earned alongside teammate David Boudia.
All three were all smiles when they greeted family, friends and reporters at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Monday evening.
"It's what we've dreamed about most of our lives," McCrory said.
Johnston agreed. "As a little kid, you watch the Olympics and think, 'I'm going to go there one day and I'm going to have a fairytale performance.' I actually executed that, which is just unbelievable," she said.
Coach K's U.S. team, which won the Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008 and the 2010 FIBA World Championship, is the first in history to win those three competitions consecutively.
Still, he said, he was in awe of Johnston and McCrory's Olympic performances.
"We can make a mistake, make a turnover, then hit a three and make up for it," he said. "When Abby and Nick are on their last dive and they have to hit it, they have to hit it. I can't even imagine that pressure."