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Athlete of the Week: Bethany Olson

Our Athlete of the Week is a state champion diver looking to repeat her place on the victory stand.

For Cedar Falls senior Bethany Olson, diving runs in the family. Her sister Rebecca finished second at states as a senior in 2001 but Bethany never stepped on a diving board until three years ago as a freshman.  She finished fifth in the state that year. 

In 2006, she improved to third and last year as a junior, Bethany outdid her big sister winning a state title in her junior year.  Bethany wouldn't be a state champion without her older sibling.  She got involved in the sports after years of watching Rebecca. 

Just eleven days ago, Bethany Olson set a pool and school record, a win she hopes will catapult her to a second straight state title.

Even after breaking Brooke Stahl's thirteen year old record at Holmes' pool, there's still debate over which is Bethany's best dive.  Her and her coach Dana Peiffer say it changes by the meet. 

Bethany Olson hopes to continue her career in college---maybe UNI or Iowa State---before diving into teaching.

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