FINA High Diving World Cup
Following the remarkable introduction of High Diving in the FINA World Championships programme and crowning moment of the first-ever World champions in Barcelona (ESP) last year, Kazan (RUS) will host the inaugural edition of the High Diving World Cup on August 8-10, 2014.
Two events are on the programme: a men's competition in three rounds (Aug 8 and 10) and a women's competition in one round (Aug 9). Men will perform five dives from a 27m platform while women will take off from a 20m platform, exhibiting three dives.
High diving under FINA umbrella: towards maturity
Andy Jones gets it right: “It’s scary to think where it will be in another 10 years.” Representing the USA, the 29-year-old high diver will be one of the 26 male athletes competing in the first edition of the FINA High Diving World Cup, taking place in Kazan (RUS) from August 8 to 10. He knows what he is talking about: a member of the prestigious “Cirque du Soleil”, his reflection on the future of high diving says much about the recent evolution of the discipline.
The evolution has been amazing. In a mere 12-month period, this discipline has evolved from a small group of ‘extreme’ crazy athletes to a sport that has found its place among the aquatic disciplines under the FINA umbrella. In the last days of July 2013, on three hot afternoons in Barcelona (ESP), the world and the aquatic family were able to get acquainted with it. Not on paper, nor in the images from the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, but at FINA’s major event, the World Championships. In the port of the Catalan capital, looking at the serene waters of the Mediterranean, 13 men and six women played their role: pioneers at FINA level of a staggering sport. Presentations were officially made, FINA had found its sixth aquatic discipline.