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Dorman's day: Throw up 'The U,' win silver medal in synchronized diving

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Dorman's day: Throw up 'The U,' win silver medal in synchronized diving

Sam Dorman made quite a splash in his first career Olympic diving event Wednesday in Rio

Sam Dorman made his alma mater proud Wednesday -- on two counts.

Foremost, of course, was how he teamed with Mike Hixon to win the silver medal in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard diving final at the Rio Games.

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But when one attends the University of Miami, throwing up 'The U' is almost a requirement on such big days -- and Dorman didn't disappoint.

Dorman is the first Hurricane to win an Olympic medal since Lauryn Williams, who won a silver in bobsledding at the 2014 Sochi Games. Williams also won gold in the 2012 London Games as part of the U.S.' winning entry in the 4x100-meter relay.

"Sam is absolutely at the top of his game," Miami head diving coach Randy Ableman said. "He's in perfect shape. He's doing the hardest dives in the world, and doing them spectacularly. It's very gratifying to be a part of that development, and to see a kid achieve so many of his goals and dreams."

"I looked at my coach and he threw up the U, so of course I had to throw it back," Dorman said. "I was very excited to look at him and see him so happy. He didn’t get to compete in his Olympics in 1980, so to have him here and to experience this with him was a very touching moment for me. He was a heck of a diver."

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