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

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 July 1994
Height
173 cm
Weight
68 kg
Residence
Bloomington, IN, USA
Occupation
Athlete
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 father were diving and basketball coaches respectively, so he was influenced 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.

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. (umassathletics.com, 2016; athletics.amherst.edu, 2016; usadiving.org, 22 Jul 2013)
Other information
COLLEGE TRANSFER
He spent one year diving for the University of Texas before transferring to Indiana University [IU] for the 2014/15 season. He made the switch so he could work with coach Drew Johansen, and train alongside former synchronised partner Darian Schmidt. "Texas was a great place, and I loved it there. It wasn't the right fit for me, and some of the goals I wanted to accomplish I sort of felt like I couldn't accomplish them there. I always knew I wanted to dive for Drew, and at a school like IU, we have all the resources. There's just no place better.” (idsnews.com, 03 Sep 2014)