ESPN Music: Northern Nights
June, 28, 2012
By Tim Ball | Special to ESPN.com
Olympic trials are known to be draining on the athletes involved -- physically from the feats they must perform and emotionally from the highs and lows that come with the Games.
For 22-year-old diver Thomas Finchum, who represented the U.S. in two events in Beijing, last weekend's trials in Federal Way, Wash., took a considerable emotional toll. He finished third in his signature event, the individual platform, and fourth in the individual springboard, with only the top two divers in each event making the Olympic team.
After Finchum's final dive from the platform, he approached John Wingfield, his longtime coach, and broke down in tears. Wingfield spoke softly: "You'll always be a 2008 Olympian."