Within days of his Olympic debut, diver T. Downs is already contemplating the future. Paris in 2024, and Purdue University more immediately.
“I’ll have some time off after this,” he tells PEOPLE in Tokyo, noting that his move-in date is August 17. “I must relocate to Purdue, establish myself there, and then perhaps begin preparations for Paris.”
T. Downs Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Competed in the Men’s 3m Springboard Event
T. Downs competed in the men’s 3m springboard event during this year’s Olympic Games, which will conclude on Sunday after more than two weeks of competition. He placed 23rd in the preliminary rounds and admitted, “I believe I could have done so much better.”
However, he is undeterred: “I felt prepared to compete, but it was simply not my day. And hopefully I will make it to the next Olympics. I can perform better.”
T. Downs , who just turned 18 on July 19, asserts that viewers cannot really appreciate the “behind-the-scenes strain” that these athletes endure: “They don’t know what’s going on… with your family, teammates, coaches, or how your practise is going.”
Currently, there is a great deal of young talent in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics. That includes Tyler Downs, who is 18 years old.
He will represent Team USA in the men’s 3m springboard competition. Just last month, he earned a spot in the U.S. trials. Now he has arrived at the Games and is prepared to compete.
T. Downs stated, “The experience has been fantastic.” “The community, with everyone gathered in the dining hall. Everything is exceptional. Seeing everyone from various sports, you see that the most popular names simply pass you by.”
Earlier this month, 5 On Your Side revealed that one of T. Downs ‘ aims was to meet American gymnast Simone Biles while he is there. But he claims to be in awe of everyone he encounters.
“You initially feel awestruck, but then you realise, ‘Hey, I’m here too. I am also one of the world’s best athletes.” T. Downs is described.
That portended ill omens for Boudia. On the final day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving, T. Downs won the men’s 3-meter springboard event, while Boudia disappointingly failed to qualify for his fourth consecutive Olympic team.
The 32-year-old father of three, who has won four Olympic medals on 10-meter platform, including the gold medal in the individual event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, finished 4.45 points behind Andrew Capobianco, who climbed from sixth position to claim the other spot.