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Sport Overview

Launching from the three-metre springboard or dropping from the 10-metre platform, divers perform a dizzying combination of flips and twists, somersaults and rotations in both pike (legs straight) and tuck (legs pulled close to the body) positions that are awarded points based on their level of difficulty and execution.

Divers compete individually or as part of a two-person team (synchronized).

Canada’s female divers are some of the best in the world, but they’ll have to fend off some fierce competition from their Mexican rivals. At the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games, Canada came in second in the total medal count with two silver and two bronze. Their Mexican rivals came out on top with eight gold, three silver and one bronze medal, while the U.S. came third with two silver and one bronze.


History

History has shown that the sport of aquatics had an early start: Egyptian hieroglyphics discovered from the Stone Age showed people swimming. Around 400 BC records showed Egyptians and Romans diving off cliffs. It did not become an organized sport, however, until the early 19th century in Great Britain.


How it works

Diving is performed from either a springboard or tower. The springboard competition takes place on a flexible 16-foot aluminum diving board three metres above the surface of the water. The platform competition takes place on a stable surface 10 metres above the water.

Athletes perform a series of flips and twists that are awarded points based on their level of difficulty and execution. Divers compete individually or as part of a two-person team (synchronized).


Terminology

Armstand
A platform dive that begins in a handstand position.

Entry
The entry into the water, and the last of five elements a judge sees before posting a score.

Pike position
Performed when the diver bends the body at the hips, keeping the legs straight.

Rip entry
An entry into the water with little or no splash.

Tuck position
The diver curls up into a ball, with the legs pulled as close to the body as possible.

Additional Information

Additional Information