Olympic diver faces her fear three stories of the ground… and is one of the best in the sport

What are you afraid of? And how do you get past that fear?

As Rob Schmitz reports for KQED on NPR in his article on All Things Considered, Calif. Teen Is Olympic Medal Hopeful, it turns out that “one of the the best U.S. prospects for a gold medal in diving is 15-year-old Haley Ishimatsu.”

Ishimatsu has mastered some of the most difficult dives off of the 10 metre high board.

And she’s afraid (Schmitz clarified: “terrified”) of heights.

Said Ishimatsu…

“I have to be doing a dive because it gives me something to think about rather than just falling.”

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Tags: Olympics, fear, Haley Ishimatsu.

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