ROAD TO RIO: Olympic divers explain why they need an official hot tub

Olympic athletes can be described as a lot of things: strong, dedicated and passionate, to name a few. When it comes to the official hot tub, pampered is also thrown around.

Abby Johnston is heading to Rio. “People always ask why we stand in the shower or we go in the hot tub. And it’s because it’s so cold in there,” Johnston explained.

The divers are looking to stay loose for their next rounds.

Kristian Ipsen is on his second Olympic team. “Just shocks the body and warms me up. And then I feel much looser for when I get onto the board,” he said.

Amy Cozad joked about the hot tub. “The hot tub is comforting. We don’t need it,” she said sarcastically.

The Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games can be seen August 5 on NBC4 WCMH-TV. Stay with to watch these divers and our other U.S. athletes.

NBC4’s Jerod Smalley will be in Rio with live reports during the Olympics, which run from Aug. 5 – 21. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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