Diving sees athletes compete individually or in tandem, from
springboard or platform attempting to execute intricate acrobatics mid-air,
before entering the pool in vertical form with as minimal splash as possible.
Men and women compete in the same disciplines with the only
difference being that men complete six dives, whilst women complete five.
Scores are assessed on:
Height (off springboard or platform)
Entry into the water
Synchronisation with partner (in synchro events
Seven judges assess individual events, whilst 11 judges
score synchronised events. Dives attract a score range of 0 – 10 with the
highest and lowest scores discarded, with the remaining scores aggregated and
multiplied by the athlete’s level of difficulty for each dive.
This means an athlete successfully performing a dive with a
low degree of difficulty will receive a modest score, whilst an athlete successfully
performing a dive with a high degree of difficulty will attract a high score.
The trick at Olympic level, is to perform highly skilled dives, with
consistently good execution.
Regularly one of the highest rating events on TV during
Olympics coverage, Diving holds a long tradition within the Olympic movement.
The sport first appeared at the 1904 St Louis Games, however in those days,
success was based on distance diving, with the objective formed, to record the
longest distance beneath the water before resurfacing.
By Sydney 2000, synchronised events were included on both platform
and springboard, and in today’s form of diving, China are regarded
the leading nation in terms of medal success.
China has claimed an amazing 25 of the 31 available medals
since Atlanta 1996 and it's expected that China will again feature prominently
Arguably the most famous moment in Olympic diving history occurred
at Seoul 1988 when US legend Greg Louganis struck his head on the springboard
in qualifying, leaving him bloodied and dazed. He recovered his composure to go
on to win the final, in one of more courageous feats in Olympic history.
Australia will support a team of nine athletes in Rio, with
contestants competing in both men’s and women’s individual and synchronised 3m
springboard events, and men’s and women’s individual and synchronised 10m platform events.
Western Australian Maddison Keeney will dive in two
competitions, having qualified in the women’s 3m synchro and women’s 3m
Maddison will make her Olympic debut in Brazil, as the Games
themselves are conducted in South America for the first time.
To follow Maddison’s campaign in Rio, view her bio below,
including information on when she’s in action in Brazil.