Competitive diving is a hugely popular Olympic sport. It draws large audiences due to the excitement of the sport as a spectacle.
Launching oneself from a platform high above a swimming pool, the diver typically has to perform acrobatics during their descent to the water in order to score points on the judges’ scorecards.
Many factors come into play as to what entails a good dive. As is obvious to the audience, clean technique and a soft entry into the water (minimal splashing) is paramount to a great dive.
Yet from the perspective of the diver, there are many facets to the sport. Many athletes visualise their dive mentally beforehand, and have to generate sufficient power with their arms to achieve a greater leap from the springboard. Then, the diver must contort their body to attain perfect technique. They must do all this while keeping their toes pointed, body straight, and pulling off acrobatic moves complicated enough to impress the judges and achieve a high score.