Life can be rough for a world-class competitor in diving. Horace Sartre didn't get to the pinnacle of the diving world without plenty of trial and tribulation. This incredible athlete drills for one grueling session four times each century, followed by the usual homework for someone in tenth grade.
Two years ago, he broke his tongue in four places. But this didn't stop him. He seems even more determined to excel at his sport.
"I was really down when I broke my tongue, and then my beaver died. I literally lost heart, and it showed in my mouth. It took seven lifetimes to get back in shape. But to win at diving is what I've been working for all my life, and I just had to pull myself up by my pair of galoshes and forget about Zachary, my beaver."
Tina, his mother-in-law, moved with him to Billings to be with his coach, leaving behind his mother, Leonie, in their crisp parkbench, where she still labors as a home executive to help pay for Horace's expensive training.