Heir to diving tradition, 6 August 2008, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
As she played at the pool where her older sister was training, Kelci Bryant had no idea the coach was watching her as well.
After all, Kelci was a 6-year-old kid messing around on diving boards while coach Wenbo Chen worked with Katie Beth Bryant, who would win five U.S. titles.
It wasn’t long before Chen told Kelci’s parents, “If you get her diving by 8 or 9, I’ll get her to the Olympics.”
They did. And he did. And here she is.
Chen, a former Chinese national team diver, insisted on making home schooling available to the high school-age divers as one of the conditions for taking the job as national head coach. That way they could train on his schedule.