A new location every tour-stop, only three seconds to safely find the way to the water and varying conditions at every venue – the eyes of a cliff diver see the world differently.
What is the most important thing to see and check before a dive? Can you ‘train’ your eyes to find reference points quicker? What do the athletes see in the air and how important are the eyes for a cliff diver?
For once one of these articles on intense Chinese youth sport schools does not include photos of children crying.
In Anshan city of Anhui Province, a group of children aged from 6-10 years old are committed to diving practice for a whole 2 years. At the end of the training, they either get selected into the official diving regiment, or go home. …
The dive is a front 4.5 pike and is the most difficult dive being done off the 10 meter. Only a few men in the world are accomplished enough to use it.
In the prelims he set a world record for a single dive (118 points) and in the finals he broke his own world record with these scores 10, 10, 9.5, 9.5, 10, 10, 10. When you cross out the two highest scores and the two lowest scores he keeps a perfect 30 net points and when you multiply that by the degree of difficulty (4.1 – highest D.D. dive in the world) you get a record setting 123 points. He ended up winning the event with an unheard of 626 points meaning for 6 dives, he scored over a 100 points on each dive. Highly unusual. This guy is the early favorite to win in Rio 2016.