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Diver Lizzie Roussel returns to Olympics

Lizzie Roussel diving NZ Team
Lizzie Roussel has been named to compete for New Zealand at Paris in the 3pm springboard. PHOTO: THENZTEAM

Diver Lizzie Roussel has been named for New Zealand team for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, competing in the 3m springboard.


Roussel (nee Cui) won bronze at the 2023 Oceania Championships in the 3m springboard and placed 14th in the same event at the 2023 World Championships.


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"Being named on the Paris 2024 team is something I never saw coming," said Roussel.


"I qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the best physical and mental position I had been in my career, but I found out I was pregnant the year of the Games and withdrew to have my daughter."


Roussel wasn't sure whether she would continue diving after having her daughter, and thanks her partner for pushing her back into the sport.


"I didn't know how my body would respond to pregnancy and childbirth but my husband encouraged me to try again and so I began this journey.


"Making the team feels like a fairytale ending to an unexpected story. Having my daughter alongside me has only made me stronger and appreciate each moment more."


Roussel was the first New Zealand diver to compete at the Olympic Games in 24 years when she contested the 3m event in Rio on her 18th birthday.


She also competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.


Roussel began diving at the age of nine. She was awarded a diving scholarship to Louisiana State University as a teenager, and is now based in Louisiana with her partner and child.


The women's 3m springboard event will begin on 7 August at the Paris Aquatics Centre.

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