Eric Blevins with his gold medal in the 3-meter springboard at the the 18th FINA World Masters Championships Gwangju, South Korea.
Eric Blevins is a college diving coach with is openly gay, married and now a world champion.
Eric Blevins, an accomplished college diver and now college diving coach who is openly gay, won the men’s world masters diving championship in the 3-meter springboard at the the 18th FINA World Masters Championships Gwangju, South Korea.
Blevins won the 35-39 age group Tuesday at the site of the recent world swimming and diving championships. He hopes to make it a double gold later this week in the 1-meter springboard.
“Can’t believe this happened!!! All the hard work paid off, 3 meter world champion!” Blevins wrote on Facebook.
Blevins was cheered on the whole way by his husband of two years, Nathan Stypinski. “I couldn’t do this without him,” Blevins told Outsports in an email. “He definitely balances me out.”
This is the biggest title ever for Blevins, who was a diver for Grinnell College in Iowa and now coaches at The College of New Jersey.
“This year has been tougher with injuries,” Blevins said, “but I had a really good support system back home. My saving grace is I still throw really hard dives. … In the last two world championships I placed second on both boards, so this is my first world title.”
Blevins also owns the Jersey Diving Academy, where he teaches young people the sport. After his win, he thanked “the kids at Jersey Diving Academy who continue to inspire me everyday.”
Blevins can be reached on Facebook.