Meet Christina Loukas, a 3 meter springboard diver who has gained a spot on the Olympic Diving Team. See photos, video and a biography of Christina below.
Christina Loukas finished almost 90 points ahead of runner-up Nancilea Foster at the U.S. Olympic Diving trials in Indianapolis. She led from the very start, taking the lead after the first two rounds on Thursday. She finished with a total of 1,092.10 points, with Nancilea Foster in second place with 1,002.85 points, Allison Brennan with 994.15 points, Ariel Rittenhouse with 978.65 points, Kelci Bryant with 944.60 points and Victoria Ishimatsu with 933.60 points. The top six divers will go to selection camp next month, and even though Christina has already made it on the Olympic team, she will still need to go to selection camp and prove that her “physical ability” can compete in Beijing.
As a biogrpahy, Christina Loukas was born on December 19, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois. She is 22 years old. Her parents are George and Patty Loukas. She has two brothers – Nick and Kosta, and a sister – Stacey. Her father used to play football for Southern Illinois. Angelo Loukas, her uncle, used to play football at Northwestern as well as the Buffalo Bills.
Christina started competing in 2003, when she placed 1st in the 1 meter at the USA-Canada Challenge. She competed in national events in 2004, when she placed 2nd in the 1 meter and 3 meter at the Speedo National Junior Diving Championships. She competed at the U.S. Open in 2005 and placed 14th in the 3 meter and 16th in the platform. At the World Championships, she placed 6th in the 1 meter. During the 2006 Speedo U.S. Open, she placed 2nd in both the 1 meter and 3 meter events.
In 2007, Christina placed 1st at the Kaiser Permanente National Championships in the 1-meter and placed 2nd at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships.
You read more about her diving accomplishments and accolades here.
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