Yahoo! TV Q&A: Miss Alabama Katherine Webb Predicts 'Splash' Winner
"Splash" - KATHERINE WEBB
After gaining fame in January during the college football championship game, Katherine Webb is making another "Splash" -- this time, into a diving pool.
The former Miss Alabama is joining nine other celebrities in ABC's new diving competition, premiering Tuesday, March 19, at 8 PM.
It's been a whirlwind year so far for Webb, who was Miss Alabama 2012 and a top 10 finisher in the Miss USA competition. But her fame grew exponentially when announcers pointed her out at the championship game cheering on boyfriend A.J. McCarron, the quarterback for the University of Alabama. Her popularity grew even more when she appeared in the 2013 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
We recently chatted with Webb about her meteoric rise, the dangers of diving, and which celeb will be her toughest competition.
This diving thing seems so crazy! Why did you want to do it?
I know, so crazy! But it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up … me being able to show America who I really am, past the hair and makeup and being in a swimsuit.
What about diving interested you?
It was just so inspirational to me because I've watched the U.S. Olympics on television and how they dive. I've watched "Dancing With the Stars" for years, and so I knew it would be something along the lines of that -- learning how to do something new and still being athletic, which is definitely me. I was really excited about it.
Since you're athletic, did diving come naturally to you?
I grew up playing outside with my brothers and my sister. I was never a girly girl growing up, and I played softball for seven years. ... It wasn't very difficult for me to be a risk taker and be a daredevil and go after things. So I found it easy for me. The only difficult part has been balancing my personal schedule with my work schedule.
What was your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is obviously getting hurt, because the water … everyone thinks that the water is soft to land in, until you get up high in the air and you end up landing on your face or your back or stomach, and you come out of the water and you're stinging all over.
Did you have any close calls? What about the other contestants?
I've seen some of the other contestants get hurt. Chuy [Bravo] got hurt, in rehearsals, but it's not water related. I've seen Ndamukong Suh bust his lip at the bottom of the pool. And then I've just seen others belly-flop or land wrong and end up hurting themselves.
Were you worried at all about having a swimsuit malfunction?
Well, throughout training, I started in a two-piece, just because that's what I've usually worn to pools. And then throughout training, I slowly [changed] to a long-sleeved fitness shirt and workout pants [laughs]. But yeah, I'm wearing a one-piece in the competition.
What were the biggest lessons you learned from the pro divers, like Greg Louganis?
Just really controlling your thoughts and getting over your fears. A lot of the dives, they tell you to jump off really close to the diving board, so there's always a fear that you're going to hit the diving board on the way down, but you really just have to trust what they say because they're the pros and they've done this before.