Mosca has been chosen to be a guest speaker at the inaugural USA Diving Rings of Honor induction.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Rising sophomore Mike Mosca has been invited to be a guest speaker at the USA Diving Rings of Honor Induction Ceremony Saturday, June 23 as part of the 2012 Olympic Team Trials in Federal Way, Wash.
In its inaugural year, the USA Diving Rings of Honor was created to honor those who have achieved excellence and contributed to the success and notoriety of the sport of diving. The Rings of Honor will recognize the accomplishments of divers, coaches and members of the diving community in the following categories; USA diving legends, distinguished coaches, honor contributors and the USA Diving Lifetime Achievement Award.
The USA Diving Rings of Honor committee has selected six individuals for the inaugural class; Dr. Sammy Lee (Lifetime Achievement Award), Greg Louganis (USA Diving Legend), Pat McCormick (USA Diving Legend), Hobie Billingsley (Distinguished Coach), Lyle Draves (Distinguished Coach) and Jan Rude (Honor Contributor).
Mosca, who is also competing at the Olympic trials in the three-meter synchronized and three-meter individual competitions, was asked to speak at the ceremony about the many learning disabilities he overcame as a child on his path to Harvard. In this editorial piece published by The Crimson in December, Mosca describes the challenges of his youth:
“Although I have become a decent diver, I didn’t win—or even place—in my first U.S. diving competition; in fact, I had the dubious distinction of coming in dead last. Unlike my classmates and teammates who may have spent much of their youth trying to stand out, I spent most of mine trying to fit in. An inventory of accomplishments is not what garnered me a coveted spot at Harvard or the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in diving. Quite the opposite, a lengthy list of failures paved my way.” CONTINUE READING
Despite those adversities, Mosca enjoyed a successful freshman year in Cambridge which included winning the Ivy League Championship on the one meter, placing second on the three meter, and setting new school records on both boards.
Mosca began his first Olympic trials on Monday by placing sixth in the three-meter synchro, earning himself a place in the finals on Friday, June 22 which will be aired live on NBA Sports Network. Mosca and his partner, Toby Stanley from Conway, Ark., posted score of 703.56 through the preliminary and semifinal rounds with the top eight teams advancing to the finals. The team with the highest score following Friday’s finals will earn the right to represent the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Mosca is also competing in the three-meter individual competition which begins Wednesday, June 20. For a complete meet schedule, or for more broadcast information, click here.