Key dates: July 29, finals in synchro springboard; July 31, finals in synchro platform; Aug. 5, finals in springboard; Aug. 9 finals in platform Venue: Olympic Park Aquatics Centre Big story: Can anyone stop the Chinese? Its divers are ranked 1-2 in the world in the two individual events and first in the two synchro events. Wu Minxia (above), the springboard synchro queen (consecutive Olympic golds), could complete a full collection of individual springboard medals by adding gold to her silver (2008) and bronze (2004). She won that individual title at last year's worlds. "I feel bad if I don't touch water for a day. Especially on weekends, when I cannot be in the water, I feel terrible," Wu told the Women of China website. Others to watch: Another Wu, Melissa of Australia, who is of Chinese descent, has been second to Chinese teams in synchro platform at several major competitions, including the 2008 Olympics. She and her most recent synchro partner, Alexandra Croak, won the silver medal at the 2011 worlds but did not make the 2012 Aussie team so Wu is diving only individual platform. Top U.S. prospects: Laura Wilkinson's 2000 gold on platform was the last medal for a U.S. diver. Both U.S. synchro teams came close (4th and 5th) in Beijing. Kelci Bryant (4th in synchro springboard) is back with a new partner. Christina Loukas hopes to improve on her 9th place in individual springboard. Little-known fact: After 76 years, Marjorie Gestring of the United States remains the youngest Olympic gold medalist in an individual event. Gestring was 13 years, 268 days old when she won the springboard title in 1936.
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