The “Perfect 10” is two-time Olympian Abby Johnston’s brainchild, born shortly after the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving wrapped up in June.
“We took a party bus from the pool at Olympic Trials to the celebration for everyone who had made the Olympic team,“ Johnston said. “So it was just the divers on the bus.”
As the music played, the 10 athletes who qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Diving Team collectively decided that an official team nickname was needed.
“I can’t remember some of the options that were thrown out but then I was like, ‘How about Perfect 10?’” said Johnston. “It stuck.”
The Perfect 10, referring to both the 10 team members and diving’s 10-point scoring system, is in contention for several medals. The squad looks to match the four-medal haul from London, where Team USA ended a 12-year medal drought with three medals in synchronized events and David Boudia’s gold in 10-meter. …