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Nevada diving coach Jian Li You selected to Team USA's Olympic coaching staff

Jian Li You
Jian Li You is a member of Team USA's diving staff for the 2020 Olympics. (Nevada athletics)

Nevada head diving coach Jian Li You has been selected as a member of the U.S. diving team's coaching staff for the 2020 Olympic Games, USA Diving announced Monday.

One of You's athletes, Douglas High and Nevada Wolf Pack alum Krysta Palmer, qualified for two Olympic events at this month's U.S. trials. The diving competition at the XXXII Olympic Games runs from July 25-Aug. 7 at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

“I’d like to thank our department here at the University of Nevada,” You said in a news release. "Everybody has been so supportive of us and has given us the time and resources needed. I’d also like to thank our head coach, Brendon Bray. He is a huge part of our success. Krysta had an amazing performance at the U.S. Olympic trials. To do what she did in three rounds and also two different events is incredible. Her and I have achieved our goals, so there’s less pressure heading into the Olympics.”

Palmer finished in first place at the U.S. trials in the 3-meter springboard and 3-meter synchro event. You has been Palmer's only diving coach since she began the sport eight years ago. Palmer originally walked on at Nevada on You's urging before becoming a full scholarship athlete. Palmer is currently a volunteer coach under You at Nevada.

“To have Jian Li with me at the Olympics is so exciting,” Palmer said in a news release. “She put so much effort into making my dream a reality and to have her there to experience it with me will be so special and memorable. We are a team and achieved this dream together.”

You is one of nine coaches that will travel to Tokyo with the U.S. Diving Team. Indiana's Drew Johansen will be the team's head coach and Texas' Matt Scoggin will serve as the lead assistant coach for Team USA.

Entering her 26th season at Nevada, You is a six-time Mountain West coach of the year and also won that award when Nevada was in the WAC. She was the 2016 NCAA diving coach of the year. A former Chinese national champion diver and coach to numerous Olympians, You has established Nevada as one of the premier diving schools in the region.

You has worked with both Chinese and American Olympians in multiple Olympics. She tutored the likes of Olympic gold medalist Fu Mingxia, Tan Luengdai, Su Suwi and Lon Wei as well as Americans Becky Ruehl, Mary Ellen Clark, Scott Donie and Dave Pichler. You immigrated to the U.S. in September 1995, moving to Florida and then to Cincinnati to prepare Ruehl and other Team USA divers for the 1996 Atlanta Games. She was hired by Nevada shortly after.

You graduated from the Shanghai Sports University in Shanghai, China. As a diver, she was on the Chinese national champion in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard and platform for five years from 1976-1980. You was named to the 1980 China Olympic team. During that span, she was ranked No. 1 in the world on the 1-meter board. She did not get to compete in the 1980 Olympics due to a 66-country boycotted because of the Soviet-Afghan War.

Team USA diving staff

Drew Johansen – Head Coach (Andrew Capobianco & Jessica Parratto)

Matt Scoggin – Assistant Coach (Alison Gibson & Jordan Windle)

Jeff Bro (Hailey Hernandez)

Dwight Dumais (Delaney Schnell)

Mike Hilde (Mike Hilde)

John Proctor (Katrina Young)

Adam Soldati (Brandon Loschiavo)

John Wingfield (Tyler Downs)

Jian Li You (Krysta Palmer)


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