Key dates: July 30, finals in synchro platform; Aug. 1 finals in synchro springboard; Aug. 7, finals in springboard; Aug. 11, finals in platform Venue: Olympic Park Aquatics Centre Big story: Tom Daley was the boy wonder at Beijing, at age 14 the youngest British Olympian since a 13-year-old coxswain in 1960. After finishing seventh on platform and eighth in synchro platform at the 2008 Games, Daley immediately became a poster athlete for home-team hopes in London. He won gold in individual platform at the 2009 worlds but finished fifth at the 2011 worlds. Daley was given the honor of taking the first dive in the Olympic Park aquatics center on the year-to-go anniversary. Top U.S. prospects: It has been a long slog for U.S. divers, who once dominated a sport that has become the province of the Chinese and Russians. The last U.S. men's medal was a 1996 bronze by Mark Lenzi, who died in April at age 43. Lenzi's 1992 springboard win was the last U.S. men's gold. A more experienced 2012 men's team, with four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (above) and two-timer David Boudia, has a shot at ending the drought, especially since Boudia won silver on platform at the 2011 worlds, making him the first U.S. man to win a world medal in that event in 25 years. Others to watch: China's He Chong, 25, nicknamed "The King of Difficulties," won the springboard titles at the 2008 Olympics and the last two world championships. He nearly retired in 2010 because back and knee injuries kept him from doing his most difficult dives. Chinese men swept the gold medals at the 2011 worlds. Little-known fact: When the United States (men and women) went without a medal at Athens in 2004, it was the first such shutout since 1912, when only men's diving was on the program.
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