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It proved to be a crushing blow. Ipsen threw everything he had into improving the coordination and timing with the man who took his spot. Ipsen wanted to win the medal for Dumais perhaps even more than for himself.
"They’re both chameleons — they adapt to each other," said Texas coach Matt Scroggin, a 1992 Olympian.
After they completed the final rotation the Stanford diver persuaded Dumais to finally watch the scoreboard. They knew only a Ukrainian team had a realistic chance of overtaking them.
Dumais didn’t want to do it. "You’re coming out and watching it with me," Ipsen demanded.
Once the Ukrainians hit the water Ipsen knew they had it.
A well-deserved medal for Dumais.
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