diving – reverse double 5 twists

La Rochelle, France

75.000 spectators – a brand new most difficult dive and a moment of shock

A reverse double somersault with five twists in only 3 seconds, these are the facts of the most difficult dive ever seen during a Cliff Diving World Series event.  The former Olympian Blake Aldridge made this incredible dive, got 460.35 points and finished second.

It was Gary Hunt who took an impressive win

One of the guys hits his head on the platform. Super dangerous. He got lucky this time.

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diver Troy Dumais

If you want Troy’s spot on the National Team, beat him.

I recall John Roethlisberger saying much the same thing. He ended up a 3-time Olympian.

At age 35, Dumais has made 20 straight national teams going back to 1996, won 38 national titles and is trying to become the first U.S. diver to compete in five Olympic Games. Dumais won his first Olympic medal, a bronze in men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard with Kristian Ipsen, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. …

DALLAS, TX - MAY 15:  Diver, Troy Dumais, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Dumais
DALLAS, TX – MAY 15: Diver, Troy Dumais, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Dumais

Diver Troy Dumais Still Going Strong At 35

US$ 1.6 million prize money in Diving


March 13-15 Beijing (CHN)
March 19-21 Dubai (UAE)
April 24-26 Kazan (RUS)
May 1-3 London (GBR)
May 22-24 Windsor (CAN)
May 29-31 Merida (MEX)

Fina TV

From March to May about 70 divers exhibit their prowess … The 2015 edition features for the first time 2 mixed events, 3m and 10m synchro. A total prize money of US$ 1’590’000 is distributed in the Series.

This prestigious and exclusive event invites internationally-recognised divers, mostly medallists from previous Olympics, World Championships and World Cups.


Thanks Tom.

5m Diving Springboard

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(via Thomas G Trapp)

Meaghan Benfeito – platform diver

Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal earned the biggest win of her career on Sunday as she beat two-time defending Olympic champion Chuolin Ren on women’s 10-metre tower to conclude the third stop on the FINA World Series diving circuit. …

Benfeito is the first non-Chinese woman to take a gold medal in the 2015 World Series. This is her third career gold medal on the circuit, and her second in individual platform.

The 26-year-old two-time Olympian made another trip to the podium later Sunday as she combined forces with Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., for silver on 10-metre mixed synchro. It was her third medal this weekend. On Friday Benfeito and Filion were second on women’s 10-metre synchro.

Canadian diver Meaghan Benfeito beats Olympic champion at World Series

(via Thomas G Trapp)

whither NCAA Gymnastics?

Men’s football and men’s basketball are the glamour American Collegiate sports.

What about the rest of the NCAA?

Around the Games: Day 15 - 2014 Winter Olympic GamesU.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun:

Next week, the NCAA men’s gymnastics championships will be held in Norman, Okla. Last week, the men’s swimming national championship was held in Iowa City. The week before that, the wrestling national championship was contested in St. Louis. All those sports have been impacted by changing times in college athletics – and the future is even more challenging. …

Since the early 1980s, … college men’s gymnastics programs have been cut by 75 percent. Wrestling has been cut by half. About 50 schools have dropped their men’s swimming programs. …

… men’s gymnastics isn’t the only one in trouble. Within the last few months, Chattanooga dropped its men’s track program and College of Charleston shut down its swimming programs – men’s and women’s. Bigger schools have gone before them – Washington, it’s worth noting, dropped men’s and women’s swimming when the school president was Mark Emmert, now the head of the NCAA. …

U.S. Olympic Committee ‘candidly concerned’ non-revenue college sports will be cut

(via Dave Durante)

10 top dives of the last century

There are too many dives to choose from when it comes to finding a Top 10 – the ones we choose are just a few amazing examples of technical skill and the thrill of watching an athlete nail it. …

1. Matthew Mitcham making the highest diving score in Olympic history: Mitcham has several extremely high scores to his name but this one takes the cake.

2. Laura Wilkinson’s 307c at the 2008 Olympic Diving Trials: Needing to bounce back from a less-than-perfect dive, Wilkinson earned incredibly high scores for this super smooth dive.

3. Greg Louganis’ Comeback at 1988 Olympics: we can’t pick a favorite dive, can you? Louganis needed to recover from lost points as well as a head injury and performed several springboard dives so clean that he won gold, a moment still referenced today as an amazing piece of Olympic history.

4. Yang Jian earning the world record for highest score for one dive: Jang’s outstanding performance of this difficult dive brings the crowd to its feet.

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5. Bo Qiu’s 4th dive in the London 2012 Semi-Finals: another example of one of the highest scores in history!

6. Tom Daley at Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010: Daley is another athlete with many great dives to his name, this is just one example.

7. Wu Minxia wins gold in the 3M springboard at London 2012 Olympics: Wu Minxia is the first woman to win a gold medal in diving in three consecutive Olympic Games – you can see why here.

8. David Boudia’s 10M platform at London 2012 Olympics: it’s hard to choose a favorite dive by Boudia, but this was the first Team USA gold on the event since Greg Louganis’ in 1988.

9. Pat McCormick nails her final dive to take home gold in 1956: McCormick made a name for herself by executing dives that were banned for female divers as well as other rebellious moves, so her wins weren’t just great dives but also groundbreaking for the sport.

10. Greece’s Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis win gold for the host nation in the 2004 Athens Olympics: this team’s performance earned them the gold in their home town. That’s got to be a great feeling and it’s great to watch, too.

Hayley Wolfcale on behalf of Speedo

If you want to see the rest of those dives, open the Word document below. Click on the links.

Speedo – Top 10 Dives of the Century – MAR2015-1