Canadian diver Pamela Ware said she’s “not going anywhere” after she made a baffling mistake during the 3m springboard semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics where she scored 0 points when she went into the water feet first.
Ware stumbled as she reached the end of the diving board. As a result, she had to bail out of her prepared 3.5 difficulty dive. Her botched attempt Saturday became somewhat of a meme. But Ware said she won’t be defined by her mistakes.
In an Instagram video posted earlier this week, she said people from around the world have sent her love and support. She captioned the video, “My dream is still very much alive!”
“I am very proud of myself. Something really difficult. What you see in the competition is just a tiny factor of what we actually do to get to where we are. I was so ready for this competition and I made a mistake. It could have happened to anybody but it happened to me at the wrong time,” Ware said. “But I am proud because I have done everything possible to make it to where I am. And I’m human. I’m allowed to make mistakes.”
You can watch her feet-first dive here.
Ware is obviously an incredibly talented diver. She competed in the 2016 Olympics as well. And she has worked for years to reach this level of success. So, she had a message to anyone who doubts her abilities: She’s not giving up. She plans to compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
“I hope you guys are gonna get used to having me around because I’m not going anywhere. I’m not giving up,” she said in the video. “This competition doesn’t define me, and I’m not letting it defeat me. I’ll be around for another three years.”
Olympics: Ware Explains What Caused Failed Dive
Pamela Ware placed fourth in the preliminary competitions for the Tokyo Olympics and was preparing for the most difficult dive of her Olympic career.
One of the NBC announcers said, “This dive could be spectacular!” as she walked toward the end of the diving board, Insider reported. However, her rhythm was off when she got there. And she had to bail out at the last second, leading to the feet-first plunge.
Another announcer said, “That’s what pressure can do.” But that’s a bit unfair to Ware. She performed well in high-pressure situations many times before. The 28-year-old earned two bronze medals at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships and a silver medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in the same event.
“Honestly, I think I’m still in shock right now. I’m kind of emotionless, which is really weird for me because I usually act on my emotions really quickly. But I think that if I would have done the dive, I could have possibly hurt myself,” she said, according to the CBC.