Matt Scoggin
Courtesy of: USA Diving
BARCELONA, Spain, July 22. LAST week, Matt Scoggin returned to the Piscina Municipal de Montjuic, where he competed for the United States at the 1992 Olympics in the 10-meter platform diving event. This time around, he's there as a coach.

In a video produced by USA Diving, Scoggin relived the experience of walking up to the 10-meter platform again, 21 years after doing so in the Olympic Games. "It was very familiar," Scoggin said. "I could smell it like it was 21 years ago. I felt like I was right back in the contest. I was getting nervous climbing up the tower."

Scoggin finished 10th in the platform event in Barcelona, and will be remembered mostly for a failed back dive in which he was unable to properly grab his knees and get into the tuck position. The result was a hard landing on his back at 33 miles per hour, which he was able to walk away from immediately.


This year, at 49 years old, Scoggin performed a simple armstand somersault from 10 meters up, and hit the water in a much cleaner fashion.

Scoggin, who is an assistant coach on the USA Diving team, has two divers in the competition that he coaches personally at the University of Texas at Austin. Veteran Troy Dumais will compete on Tuesday in the men's three-meter synchro springboard event. Maren Taylor, who will be senior at Texas, is competing in the individual three-meter event. This fall, USA team member Michael Hixon will join the Longhorn squad after competing in the synchronized three-meter with Dumais.