The Nevada athletics department is hosting a welcome home ceremony for Krysta Palmer and Jian Li You at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
Palmer won a bronze medal in the 3-meter individual springboard Saturday night in Tokyo. She became the first Wolf Pack diver to win an Olympic medal and the third overall to do so in any sport.
The 29-year-old Palmer also became the first American to win an individual diving medal since 2000 and the first to do so in the springboard since 1988.
"The University of Nevada, Reno has really given me all the resources that I've needed as a high-level athlete on the collegiate stage and after my collegiate career,," Palmer said. "I've just been allowed to continue training and pursuing my dreams even past the collegiate level. They've been with me every step of the way and allowed me to continue to train there and given me access to the resources and facilities that I need to achieve this dream of mine. Nevada athletics is super special, I think. They're very supportive, and I'm just grateful to be a part of the Wolf Pack."
Chinese divers Tingman Shi (383.50) and Han Wang (348.75) took first and second, respectively, in the springboard with Palmer scoring 343.75 points over her five dives to best fourth-place finisher Nur Dhabitah Sabri (326.15), from Malaysia. All five of Palmer's dives ranked in the top five of the round as she posted scores of 67.50-63-73.50-66.65-73.10. It was a storybook ending to Palmer's journey, which began when she was took up the sport of diving at age 20.
“It’s just exciting to make a little bit of history,” Palmer told the AP. “I wanted to come in as relaxed as possible,” she said. “I was just relieved that I made it to the finals. Everything else was a bonus for me.”
Palmer also competed in the 3-meter synchronized dive in the Olympics ,placing eighth with partner Alison Gibson.
Attendees for the welcome home ceremony are asked to gather outside the ski statue in the terminal in-between baggage claim and the check-in desks. The event is open to the public.