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Michael
Hixon
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 July 1994
Height
173 cm
Family
Partner Kennedy Goss
Residence
Amherst, MA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age seven.
Why this sport?
His mother and his father coached diving and basketball, respectively, so he was encouraged to take up both sports at an early age. He chose to pursue diving in his freshman year of high school after the training schedules for both sports conflicted. "The one resource I avidly sought from a young age was knowledge. I wanted to know what the best divers did that made them so good."

International Debut

Year
2013
Competing for
United States

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Team USA YouTube channel, 11 Aug 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He jumps into the pool before each dive and listens to rap music between dives. (Hoosier Sports Report YouTube channel, 10 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives
His mother Mandy was on the US national diving team from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a diving coach at the University of Massachusetts in the United States of America. His father David has served as head coach of the men's basketball team at Amherst College and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. His partner Kennedy Goss represented Canada in swimming at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she won bronze in the 4x200m freestyle. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Nov 2018; Instagram profile, 20 Aug 2018; umassathletics.com, 2016; athletics.amherst.edu, 2016)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
He owns Michael Hixon Dive Camps LLC, a business that travels around the United States of America coaching young people how to dive. "I want to give young divers easier access to information I sought as a young diver. My goal is to create an environment where junior divers can spend a weekend being coached and mentored by some of the best in the sport, both coaches and divers. I want to provide an experience that will inspire and educate young divers moving forward in the sport." (michaelhixondiving.com, 07 Oct 2018)