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Diver can't make final dive

Updated: June 13, 2004, 1:49 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Mark Ruiz climbed to the next-to-last ledge of the 33-foot-high tower -- and couldn't go any farther.

Overwhelmed by a fear of heights after a painful crash in practice, the 2000 Olympian skipped a dive during the U.S. trials Saturday night, costing himself a chance to make the squad in 10-meter platform.

"I'm so disappointed," said Ruiz, who competed in three events at Sydney but will do only one -- synchronized platform -- in Athens. "To not be on the Olympic ...

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