Amherst native Michael Hixon wins silver in synchronized diving

Hixon will also compete in an individual diving competition

Team USA Diving Michael Hixon
Michael Hixon, 22, will compete in the synchronized 3m springboard with teammate Sam Dorman on Aug. 10. The 5-foot-8 Massachusetts native will be competing in his first Olympic Games.

Watch the video above to hear Michael Hixon and am Dorman after winning silver. 

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – An Olympian from western Massachusetts got his chance at an Olympic medal on Wednesday. Michael Hixon is a 21-year-old student at Indiana University. 22News spoke with his father, David, who was actually on a beach in Brazil at the time.

David said the family arrived in Brazil on Tuesday morning and they were so excited and a bit nervous to watch Michael compete in synchronized diving with his teammate, Sam Dorman. Hixon said they’ve been meeting a lot of the other diving families and that his mother, who coached him, sits on the edge of her seat every time he dives. He said Michael is focused on winning.

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“His texts are not as long. His conversations are not as long. He gets in the competitive mode,” David explained. “We texted this morning and wished him luck and he got back to us and said thanks and he’s really excited about it. I think they are competitors. I think they got a shot.”

Hixon told 22News they were concerned about possible rainy and windy weather which would have made diving in the outdoor pool more difficult. Eight teams were part of the synchronized diving final.

Michael Hixon will also have an opportunity for a second medal when he competes in individual diving.

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