GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Seventeen-year-old Greenwood native Zach Cooper is trying to make history.
“I started diving when I was about 6 and a half, maybe 7. I love the thrill, the adrenaline rush that I get going off the towers — it’s so much fun.” Cooper said.
His goal is as tight as his form — the Olympics.
“Really he doesn’t have any fear up there, and any fear he does have super exceeds that fear.” His Coach John Wingfield said.
Wingfield has coached Cooper for 10 years; he’s also coached other Olympians like Noblesville native David Boudia.
Cooper is one step away from his dream: He’s already qualified for the Olympic trials.
“On a normal day he’ll do about 80 dives.” Wingfield added.
He trains 6 days a week, 6 to 8 hours a day. He’s been homeschooled since 4th grade.
“I feel like I’m missing out on some stuff, but I feel like I’m experiencing a lot more.” Cooper said.
His life is not the typical life of a 17-year-old. The line between commitment and passion is thin. The moves are practiced over and over again, in search of the perfect dive, the perfect form.
“It feels awesome.” Cooper said.
The Olympic trials will be held in June in Indianapolis.