NH Residents, Jessica Parratto’s Family ‘Over The Moon’ at Olympics Silver
Accolades are rolling in for Dover's Jessica Parratto after she and diving partner Delaney Schnell captured the silver medal in the women’s 10-meter platform synchronized diving competition at the Summer Olympics early Tuesday.
Wearing their silver medals around their necks, Parratto and Schnell on NBC's Today Show talked about how quickly their diving partnership came together in Indiana just before the Olympic trails.
"We had about 10 days of training and obviously it worked out," Parratto said.
Parratto, 27, said they were aware of each other's takeoffs and approaches since 2019 and worked off that to train.
Parratto said her parents are "over the moon" at her medal but said her father, who trains fellow swimmer Regan Smith, was not in Tokyo to watch in person.
Smith won the 100-meter backstroke at the games.
COVID-19 restrictions kept fans and families home in order to reduce crowd sizes.
"He's watching intently from home. He was so excited. We got to see them obviously through the little screen after we were done and he was just an emotional roller coaster. It was really good to see them," Parratto said.
Dover Mayor Robert Carrier has not yet seen her dives but heard all about it and was looking forward to seeing it hopefully during his evening watching of the games in Tokyo.
"We're very proud and excited we have somebody from Dover, New Hampshire. That's hard to believe. We're just small fish in a big sea," Carrier told Seacoast Current.
The mayor said it would honor Parratto as it had had previous Dover Olympians.
"When the dust settles the city of Dover will definitely acknowledge her and do a proclamation for her and honor her at City Council," Carrier said."We did it with Jenny Thompson, Lynn Jennings and Kathy O'Brien," Carrier said
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, also praised Parratto's accomplishment.
"A big congratulations to New Hampshire native Jessica Parratto and her diving partner, Delaney Schnell, for bringing home a silver medal in synchronized diving! You've both made our country proud," Hassan said on her Twitter account.
"New Hampshire excellence is on display at the Olympics! Congrats to Dover native Jessica Parratto and her partner, who are the first Americans *ever* to earn a medal in women's 10m synchronized diving. We are so proud," U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wrote on her Twitter account.