Micki's present goal is to qualify for the '72 Olympics in both springboard and platform. That would give her two chances to win a gold medal. "I feel like I cheated myself in Mexico," she says. "That's the main reason I decided to come back. And, frankly, I believe I have an advantage over the kids because of my experience. Diving is not an endurance sport per se. It is a technique sport where the mechanics must be learned and overlearned. The only way to get consistency is through repetition, and the older you are the more repetition you have had. So I think an older person diving under the right conditions has an advantage."
In other words, kids, Mother Max isn't ready for the old divers' home quite yet.