A guide to the ups and downs of Olympic High Diving
Eze Group Foundation beneficicary and Olympic hopeful Jenny Cowen has brightened the cold winter’s days with her efforts toward selection and London Olympic participation. As we’ve followed her progress avidly we thought it might just be an idea to get acquainted with her amazing sport.
Diving as a sport in the Olympics is characterized by a combination of gymnastics and dances. It is an event where the athletes’ strength, flexibility, skills and styles are being judged as appropriate in accordance with the requirements set for each kind of dive. Judges scores the divers in three basic positions: takeoff (which carry 3 points of the total 10), flight (another 3 points) and entry (3 points). The 1 point remaining is for judges’ consideration. Furthermore, judges also score the dive of the athlete in accordance with the conformity of the body to the dive requirement as well as the “splash” of the water as the diver lands.
High diving in Olympics is one of the anticipated sports by spectators around the world. This sport has been part of the Olympics way back 1904 at Summer Olympic Games and through the years remain an event in two categories: springboard and platform. It was initially called “fancy diving” due to its somersaults and twists. It is the acrobatic exhibition that is most loved by the spectators of this sport. As a whole, this swimming competition is being managed and controlled by the International Swimming Federation.
Chinese divers became famous long before the Americans do. The first diving event in the Olympics was called “fancy high diving” which consists of platform diving as well as “plunge for distance” event. In 1908, springboard diving was introduced in the Summer Olympics of that year replacing the “plunge for distance event”. In 1912, a woman platform diving was considered as part of the Olympic Games. By the year 1920, woman’s springboard diving became one of the anticipated change in the diving competition which became part of the Olympic Game. In 1996 Olympics high diving remains the same up to the inclusion of synchronized diving in 2000.
In the present day competition, Olympic springboard high diving takes place in a 1m and 3ms rise from the water surface while the platform category takes place on a 32 ft height. Of the two categories, springboard high diving competition is more difficult but the height to overcome in platform category is a big challenge for divers.
Sydney 2000 Olympics introduced another spice to this event called the synchronized diving competition. For the spectators of the Olympics, synchronized diving event is an opportunity to compare the ability, skills and talents of the two competitors. The divers may perform the same routine or opposite routines. Whatever dive routines they performance, judges score the diving skills of the athletes according to excellence performance and coordination or synchronicity of the routines. Again, divers are judge during takeoff, flight and entry.
If you are a diver, you might be interested in knowing how to win a diving event. Here are some tips you might want to consider. 1. High diving is an event that needs the accumulation of scores from the different dives performed. The higher the scores the better is your chance of winning the competition. 2. To gain more scores, you have to constantly practice the number and kind of dives required. In doing so, pay particular attention to how judges score a particular dive; and practice a lot using the guide. 3. Divers are allowed to submit the kind of dives they will perform during the competition. Make sure to submit the dives that you are very much in command. Do not overdo it or perform another dive or else a zero score will be granted. 4. Usually for a highly recognized competition such as the Olympics, a lot of divers give the same kind of dives to perform. Sometimes what matters most in winning the competition is not the difficulty of the dive but how the diver sequence the routines or dives.
Olympics high diving has changed a lot from its origin. It humbly starts with basic routine dives in a platform with not more than 5 meters. However, as the years pass by organizers of this event continually update the competition both for the divers and spectators. In started out in the platform diving competition, and then added an excitement to it using a springboard and now a synchronized diving. All of these forms of high diving events in the Olympics provide excitement and fun for spectators around the globe who are watching a live performance or over a television set. These different events in the diving competition are one of the most anticipated sports in the Olympics. The more diversified the events, the more it creates excitement and thrill among its fans around the world.
We that’s it from us armchair divers at the Eze Group, fingers crossed for Jenny.