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King served as the diving coach at the then-all male Air Force Academy from 1973-77 and became the first woman to coach a male to an NCAA title in any sport when one of her cadets claimed a three-meter national title.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2005) -- University of Kentucky athletics administrator Micki King has been elected to serve a four-year term as vice president of the U.S. Olympians Association, as announced by the United States Olympic Committee.
The U.S. Olympians Association, which includes all former Olympians who represented the United States, is an organization committed to fostering the Olympic spirit across the nation, motivating and encouraging youth, developing camaraderie and honoring those who have shared the experience of representing the United States at the Olympic Games. King was elected to the post in a vote of all former U.S. Olympians and will serve as vice president in the 2005-2008 quadrennium alongside president Willie Banks and vice presidents Richard Fosbury, Gary Hall, Sr., Anne Warner Cribbs and Connie Paraskevin-Young.
“This is very special,” King said. “The best part will be working side-by-side with some greats of past Olympics on projects to help our future athletes become the greats of the future.”
King, an assistant athletics director who is in her 13th year at UK, competed in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal in springboard diving at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. She led the springboard-diving competition at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, but suffered a broken arm on one of her final dives. She is remembered for gallantly attempting to complete her final dive after sustaining her injury, but she dropped out of medal contention to fourth place. She also competed in two Pan-American Games and has won diving titles in 15 countries.
King has remained involved with the U.S. Olympic Committee since her days of competing as a world-class diver. She was on the staff of the U.S. Olympic Diving Team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. All totaled, King has been involved with the U.S. Olympic staff for eight Olympiads.
King served as the diving coach at the then-all male Air Force Academy from 1973-77 and became the first woman to coach a male to an NCAA title in any sport when one of her cadets claimed a three-meter national title. She returned to the Academy as an assistant athletics director and diving coach, earning three NCAA Diving Coach of the Year honors and coaching two female divers to three national titles.