October 22, 1992 |
Walnut Creek, California
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Event(s)||3 meter springboard, 3 meter springboard synchro|
|College team||Stanford University|
Kristian Ipsen (born October 20, 1992) is an American diver, who has been diving competitively since 1998. Diving alongside Troy Dumais, together they took the silver medal in the synchronized 3 meter springboard at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships and the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Competitive Diving Career
At the 2011 US National Championships in August, Ipsen captured the senior men 3-meter springboard championship and teamed with Troy Dumais to win the synchronized men 3-meter springboard at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center.
In June 2012 Ipsen and his 3m synchro partner Troy Dumais qualified at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Federal Way, Washington to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London which began the following month.
Ipsen and Dumais won the bronze in the synchronized 3m on August 1 with a score of 446.7. The duo's medal along with David Boudia's gold in the 10 metre platform and Boudia and his partner Nicholas McCrory's bronze in the synchronized 10m platform were the first Olympic medals of any kind for the United States since 2000 and the first for a U.S male diver since 1996 in Atlanta when Mark Lenzi won the bronze medal in the 3 meter springboard.
At the 2016 Olympics trials the team of Ipsen and Dumais came in second in the 3m springboard synchronized event and as there was only one spot on the Olympic squad in the event they did not qualify. The duo was bested by the team of Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman who went on to win the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the event.
Ipsen represented the United States in the men's 3m springboard event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and finished fifth.  Following the 3m springboard Olympic competition Ipsen related "I’m taking a significant break," ..."We’ll see if that Olympic spark comes back, but I’m definitely going to take a break after this".
Ipsen is the son of Kent and Yvette Ipsen. He has a younger sister, Lauren. During the summer, he works at his family’s restaurants (Skipolini’s Pizza). He attended De La Salle High School. He graduated from Stanford University in 2015. He was a member of the Stanford Cardinal diving team during his time there.
- Beth Harris, Ipsen, Viola wins diving titles at US nationals, Associated Press, August 13, 2011
- USA 3-for-3 at Olympic Games as Dumais and Ipsen claim bronze, USADiving.org, August 1, 2012
- Diane Pucin, David Boudia is second to Nick McCrory in 10-meter platform event, Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2011