Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson not bothered by Rio 2016 green pool
Aug 10 2016 by Francis Osborne
"She's insane and for a 16-year-old diver to do what she did today, people better watch out".
Thrust together as a pair and expected to turn themselves into Olympic contenders inside nine months, it was an initially daunting task for Couch, but the former pupil at Plymouth's John Kitto Community College said there has been rapid improvement.
Toulson is just 16 and has found herself suddenly thrust into the limelight after Couch's long-time partner, Sarah Barrow, suffered an injury a year ago. I definitely got a lot of experience. "She will be one of the best divers in the world".
"I'd dived with Sarah for such a long time and I thought there was no way it was going to work but then we just clicked and everything came together".
U.S. teenager wins first gold of Rio 2016
Thrasher won her first medal with an Olympic record 208.0 final total, defeating two-time Gold medal victor , China's Li Du. And there has been the avalanche of congratulations from Virginia, West Virginia and the rest of the country.
At the recent European Championships in London, the pair were leading heading into the final round.
She wants to do the same in Rio. "I don't know if I'm going in to win it, but I'm going into it to beat my score [from Kazan] because you never know where that will put you", Couch said. "I'm glad I hurt myself that day".
Couch calls herself "the mum" of the British team, though she's only 27. I was like 'Lois, where are you?'"
"We can't do anything about it, so just concentrate on what you're doing."
She had previously teamed up with Couch for the 10m synchronised dive at the World Series this year and the duo are ranked third in the world in the event by the International Swimming Federation, known as FINA.
The colour of the pool overshadowed the women's 10 metre platform final, with many making comments on social media.
Women's ten metres platform individual: Preliminaries: August 17 (7pm).