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Coach K, Duke divers return from London Olympics

Posted August 13, 2012
Updated August 14, 2012

— 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."

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  • carrboroyouth Aug 15, 2012

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    Amen! We sure did! Proud to be an American and a Tar Heel.

  • StunGunn Aug 14, 2012

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    I can't speak for WRAL, but I'm very proud of what our athletes accomplished in the Olympics. I also respect and appreciate all the hard work the athletes and their coaches put into their respective sports to attain their goals.

    There shouldn't be any rivalries here; we're talking about America, not our rival schools. This Heels fan cheered loud and proud for all our athletes.

  • asjdiw Aug 14, 2012

    "Oh, for Pete's sake! Can't we just congratulate these people for their wonderful success without making this about partisan sniping?"

    Exactly. K is not Duke's basketball coach today but America's basketball coach (men). He and the rest of his staff and the players did well against other well coached teams. And it was a long tournament.

    Well done, Coach K. Thanks for your hard work and dedication.

  • carrboroyouth Aug 14, 2012

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    creeper...

  • fbguru Aug 14, 2012

    Did you Caro"whiner" fans see the players celebrating and hugging Coach K? Lebron pour water over Coach K's head? Is that why you're so bitter? Or is the fact that the only press UNC gets is over it's cheating and misconduct? If it gripes you so much, don't come on WRAL and don't watch TV news or sports! Then your problems will be solved! You won't have to see coverage of Coach K's many accomplishments nor your schools' cheating tradition being exposed!

  • cwood3 Aug 14, 2012

    Could it be that thses are the first ones back from London?? Others may get a similar reception when they get back to RDU. Or the others may be coming back to other cities instead of thru RDU.

    These 2 athletes and Coach K did a great job of representing Duke and the Greater Triangle area in London. Congrats.

  • Stilllearnin Aug 14, 2012

    Who wrote the article, Coach K? Your anger or bitterness should be directed toward the writer. For once, can't those who complain just say congrats and move on!

  • juniorsk831 Aug 14, 2012

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    wine and cheesers....

  • BlueDevils00 Aug 14, 2012

    GO DUKE and GO USA! Class act unlike the cheating capital of the nation over there in Chapel Hill. What a disgrace they are for our state. Luckily, we have Coach K and Duke to repair our image.

  • Ken D. Aug 14, 2012

    Oh, for Pete's sake! Can't we just congratulate these people for their wonderful success without making this about partisan sniping?

    They worked hard, they were successful, they are local and they have school ties in common. That's the story, period. The posts that want to make this about something else are sour grapes, and do the poster no honor.

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