The exhilarating diving contests at the Summer Olympics are to kick off on Wednesday, August 8 at the Aquatics Center in London. In diving contests, athletes compete with stunning dives and drifts in air and water. The competitions take place in two height categories; from a 3-meter ‘springboard’ and a 10-meter ‘platform.’ Divers compete alone and in pairs in diving contests at the London Olympics. The event in pairs is known as synchronized diving or ‘synchro.’ Meanwhile, the individual event has three rounds; preliminary, semifinal and final.
Athletes dive in a variety of styles in this sport. They include back, front, inward, reverse, armstand, twist and more. Points are offered in this event based on the technique, grace and perfection shown up by the athletes. If executed well, complicated moves and dives will attract more points from the judges. Thus, diving becomes a feast for the eyes of spectators, who cannot keep their eyes off such wonderful divers.
Starting positions, take-offs, run-ups, flight and ingress into water are also some vital factors in judging the diving competitions. The sport recommends the athletes to enter into water vertically and causing as little water splash. Judges make their decision considering all these factors in detail. Usually, seven judges sit up to review the sport and prepare the results.
Each judge rates the performance of a contestant out of ten. One who gets better rating will be the winner. “The two highest and two lowest scores are discarded and the remaining three scores are added together and multiplied by the difficulty tarrif (of which there are five levels) to give a final score,” says the Telegraph.
Diving Women’s 10m Platform Preliminary
The women’s 10m platform diving competition at the Games is set to take place on 8 and 9 August at the Aquatics Centre. Preliminary round of the event will feature 26 divers, who will perform five dives and the top 18 will advance into the semifinal. The semifinalists will also perform five dives to get the top 12 divers after canceling the scores of qualifications. Final of the event will take place among the final 12 divers. The competition, after erasing the semifinal scores, will decide the ultimate winners. The top three divers will be accordingly gifted with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Representing the U.S., Brittany Viola and Katie Bell will compete in the 2012 London Olympics’ women’s 10m platform diving contest. The 25-year-old diver from Minnesota is a talented athlete. He has won the NCAA championship in diving’s 10 meter platform in 2008 and 2011. She first represented the country in diving as part of the U.S. team for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships. Katie, who has just come back from a serious shoulder injury, is the other U.S. representative in the London Olympics’ 10m platform diving contest. The U.S. divers are hoped to perform greatly in the event.