Brittany Viola

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Brittany Viola
Personal information
Full name Brittany Ann Viola
Born April 19, 1987 (1987-04-19) (age 27)[1]
Minnesota, United States
Residence Miami, Florida
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Sport
Country  United States
Event(s) Women's 10M Platform
College team University of Miami

Brittany Ann Viola (born April 19, 1987[1] in Minnesota) is an American platform diver formerly for the University of Miami. In 2008 and 2011, she won the NCAA championship in diving's ten-meter platform. She was named to the United States diving team for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships 2011 World Aquatics Championships held in Rome and Shanghai, respectively. Viola was named Captain of the U.S. Diving Team for the 2009 event.[2]

Viola's Olympic dreams began when she watched the Magnificent Seven U.S. Gymnastics Team win gold in Atlanta in 1996.[3] She came close to making the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Team, finishing second on the 10-meter platform at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials while still in high school.[1] Prior to attending the University of Miami, Viola attended and graduated in 2005 from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. While in high school she trained with what is now YCF Diving at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, FL. In 2008 Viola was named an alternate for the U.S. Olympic Diving Team after finishing fourth in the trials.[3] Among her greatest accomplishments in competitive diving Viola placed second in the U.S. Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 2009.

In June 2012, Viola easily took first place in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and sealed her place on the U.S. Olympic team. She was ahead of the second place member, Katie Bell, by nearly 60 points.

Viola was the Student Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC) President first for the University of Miami from 2008 to 2011, and then the SAAC Chairman for the ACC for the 2008/2009 academic year.

She is the daughter of former Minnesota Twins pitcher, Frank Viola.[4] Originally trained in gymnastics, she retired at the age of 13 to concentrate on diving because she did not want to move away from home to train.[5]

Championships[edit]

At the 2011 US National Championships in August, Viola captured the senior women platform championship at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brittany Viola". NBCOlympics.com. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ Whitney Sessa (February 25, 2009). "Diver Brittany Viola finds her place away from the water". The Miami Hurricane. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Lyon, Austin (June 24, 2012). "Lake Highland, UM grad Brittany Viola makes U.S. Olympic diving team". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Diane Pucin, Brittany Viola wins 10-meter platform gold at diving championships, Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2011
  5. ^ Richter, Marice (July 24, 2012). "Viola overcomes injuries, bulimia to reach London". Reuters. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Beth Harris, Ipsen, Viola wins diving titles at US nationals, Associated Press, August 13, 2011