Christina Loukas

Cook finds all right ingredients in 2016 Olympic comeback

Kassidy Cook's painful memories from four years ago could have derailed her Olympic dream.

Missing most of the ensuing three years might have prompted someone else to retire.

Instead, this tough Texan went back to work following a serious shoulder injury, fought her way back onto the national team after a four-year hiatus and finds herself just five dives away from redemption at the U.S. Olympic diving trials in Indianapolis. Cook leads the 3-meter event by 34.3 points over Abby Johnston.

"Those three years, I hung onto the idea of making the Olympics, even if I had never gotten back to being my full self," Cook said. "I knew people behind the scenes...