Combining grace, timing, precision and bravery, diving is one of the most captivating Olympic disciplines.
Competitors choose from a list of dives that have been rated according to their degree of difficulty (or they can create their own). Points are awarded for approach, take-off, elevation, execution of movements and entry into the water.
Diving was first competed at the Olympic Games at the 1904 and has been an Olympic sport since. There are several events as part of the Olympic diving program: 10m platform, 3m springboard and synchronised events (all for men and women). The newest addition is synchronised diving for the springboard and platform, which were added to the program for 2000.
In synchronised diving two divers complete a dive simultaneously in which the dives are perfectly timed for height and distance from the board or platform, speed of rotation, and angle of entry into the water.
Leon Taylor and Pete Waterfield ended a 44 year wait for a Team GB Olympic diving medal at Athens 2004 before Tom Daley delighted the home crowd at London 2012 to win bronze and take GB’s all-time diving medal haul to ten.
In Beijing 2008, British Synchronised Diver Tom Daley was 14 years and 80 days old when the Games began, beating the record for the youngest British male Olympian by over a year.
Daley is now a legend of the sport and will be aiming for glory in Tokyo – and you can be there too.