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Carson City diver Krysta Palmer prepares for 2020 Olympics

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Diver Krysta Palmer trains at the University of Nevada, Reno (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

From springboard to water, it's only about one second. That's what makes diving so different from many other sports in the summer Olympic Games.

Krysta Palmer has spent the last three and a half years perfecting that single second while training at the University of Nevada, Reno.

"You know that it's your moment," said Palmer. "It's your moment to shine and all eyes are on you."

Palmer has her sights set on the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. This year, the Carson City native competed in the Olympic Trials.

"[It was] a one-of-a-kind experience for me," said Palmer. "That's the biggest meet I've ever been to."

With her coach by her side, Palmer competes in both springboard and platform. The latter is her favorite, albeit the most nerve wracking.

"Every time you get up there you think, Am I really going to do this?"

It's also the event she practices the least. Competition in platform doubles as practice.

"Platform is so high up there. It's 33 feet. You look back at our facility, we don't event have high enough ceilings to put a platform in."

Palmer and her coach, Jian Li You, are hoping to change that. Their goal is to build a facility at the University that accommodates Platform diving.

In the meantime, the training continues at Nevada. You, a former diver from China, brings a different approach to how she coaches Nevada's diving team.

"Get the business done at the pool deck. I am the coach. You are the athlete. You do what I tell you to do," said You with a smile. "But after our job is done, we are friends. I don't want to be your boss. That's just my philosophy."

In a sport where quite literally every second counts, Palmer and You invest hours upon hours to training with Olympic dreams on the line.

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