“I have more to accomplish,” says Krysta Palmer after winning Olympic medal
If Krysta Palmer hadn’t yet figured out she’s an Olympic medalist, Saturday’s Nevada-Idaho State football game sent that message home.
Palmer, a former Wolf Pack alumnus, attended the game in Olympic gear and was overrun by residents of northern Nevada who wanted to congratulate her and hold her bronze medal. By the end of the night, Palmer’s voice had almost disappeared from all the conversations she had had. His Olympic medal also had a little dent on the bottom.
“I’ve actually dropped it once before, but I think it needs to be shared anyway,” Palmer said of his medal in Wednesday’s NSN Daily. “I think a lot of kids are going to hold it. If it’s dropped it just means it’s been shared. I definitely shared it and let the kids hold it because I think it is. a good inspiration for the younger generation and I think it shares a story, and for someone to actually hold it, it maybe has more of an impact than just hearing the story about it. “
Palmer said the realization of what she accomplished last month in Tokyo is finally starting to kick in. Palmer won a bronze medal in 3-meter diving to become the first American woman to win an Olympic diving medal since 2000 and the first to do so. in his ordeal since 1988.
“Every morning I wake up and think about it and how it all went and I just have to pinch myself, honestly,” Palmer said. “Now I believe it a little more, but I had to revisit my event to even believe it because I was completely in disbelief for a while there.”
The Carson City native and Douglas High graduate will ring the bell in this week’s Green Bay Packers home game against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, one of the perks she’s had since returning to the States. -United. She has become a popular face in Reno, where she lives and is a volunteer assistant coach for the Nevada swim and diving team.
“I feel like a total celebrity,” Palmer said. “I have never had this feeling before of people coming to me in restaurants saying, ‘Are you Krysta Palmer? “For me it’s cool when someone recognizes me because it just shows someone is watching and supporting the athletes in our community because we all need everyone’s support to make the dreams come true. possible. I totally felt like a total celebrity, and it was kinda cool. The best part of the trip home is being able to share my Olympic medal. A lot of people have never had one before. They don’t have one. “Have never even seen it. Being able to share it and let them hold it and watch that was really exciting for me. Everyone reacts differently.”
One of Palmer’s close friends, Nicola Ader, a six-time All-American on the Nevada track team, cried when she held the medal. The German native would love to become an Olympian one day, with Palmer proving that Wolf Pack athletes can make that dream come true.
“Seeing people’s reactions has been so, so much fun,” Palmer said.
Palmer’s journey to an Olympic bronze medal was not easy as injuries forced her to give up gymnastics and trampoline, where she was a world-class athlete. She believed her athletic career was over before she got advice to join the club’s diving team coached by Jian Li You of the Wolf Pack. She started the sport at 20, qualified for the US Olympic Trials at 24, and won her medal at 29. She competed in Tokyo with an ACL tear, but hasn’t finished diving despite her advanced age for the sport.
Palmer will continue to train in hopes of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Palmer doesn’t believe she reached her peak as a diver.
“As long as my body allows me to train,” Palmer said of his drive to qualify for the 2024 Games. “I will continue until I reach my peak or quit. Have fun. Throughout my journey I have tried to remember to have fun because that’s sport and that’s why I didn’t burn out at the age of 29 in sport because I continued to see the beauty and the fun of the trip. It has been so much fun. I am starting over and knowing that I have even more in me, I am not 100 percent diver yet. have a little bit of gymnast and trampoline in my dive which is cool, but there is more for me to do.
You can watch our two segments of NSN Daily with Krysta Palmer below.