Diving at the Olympics
Diving at the Olympics is a sport that requires a high level of skill to succeed. There are several different events, and each one is judged by a panel of seven, nine, or eleven experts. Diving competitions are held on a springboard or platform. Springboard divers hit the water at a slower pace, while Platform divers hit the water at a faster pace.
Diving competitions are judged by a panel of seven, nine, or eleven experts
There are many ways to judge a dive. Some judges award points based on the splash the diver creates upon entry, while others use a numerical scale to assign difficulty levels. In any case, judges must carefully analyze every single dive before the competition to determine how difficult it is.
Springboard divers hit the water at a slower pace
Diving in the springboard event has changed dramatically over the years. Divers are now trained in sophisticated techniques. They spend more time doing dry-land exercises than ever before, and competitions now include more difficult dives. For example, a forward four-and-a-half somersault is routinely performed. And even though Olympic athletes can do up to 35 mph when they hit the water, they are slowing down. They are also showering before each jump.
Platform divers hit the water at a faster pace
Platform divers hit the water at a faster rate in the Olympics than they do on television. They accelerate at nearly nine miles per hour to hit the water and must stay afloat while flipping and twisting, and then spotting a landing. This is a dangerous feat, as even minor injuries can occur. But these divers train to avoid these injuries by preparing mentally and physically. They use dry-land workouts, weight training, and study the science behind diving to build their confidence.
Synchronized divers compete on a springboard
Synchronized diving is a unique event, in which two divers perform identical dives at the same time. The competition is judged on both the quality of the execution and the synchronicity of the dives. The timing of the take-off and the entry is crucial for the event to be judged as synchronised, as is the height at which the divers arrive and the angle at which they enter the water.
There are six categories of competitive dives
A diver performs a number of different dives to earn points. They are graded on their approach, take-off, elevation, water entry, and overall execution. There are six main types of competitive dives. The first group is called arm-stand diving. The diver dives out from the board and rotates one-half turn forward and one-half turn backward. The second group is called backward diving, and the diver spins and springs toward the board.
There are no special equipment requirements
During the diving competition, each diver performs a series of dives, each with a certain degree of difficulty. They are scored based on their execution, approach, take-off, elevation, and entry. No dive may be repeated within the same competition.
There are no age groups
Unlike other sports, diving does not have age groups. In fact, all athletes compete in the same category. The Olympic competition is based on a single criteria: skill level. The age of a diver’s first competition is 12. After that, the age of the next competition is the same as the age of the athlete’s current competition.The rules used to judge a diving contest have changed very little since its introduction as a sporting event over a century ago. So it might appear that judging a diving contest is an easy task! The reality however, is that due to the ever-increasing difficulty and international popularity of diving, judging diving is not as easy as it appears.