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Steven LoBue

Gold

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Silver

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Bronze

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United States of America USA

He is the first to recognise it: “To join two legends in our sport – Gary Hunt and Orlando Duque – is such a tremendous honour!” After his brilliant win at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest (HUN) and his silver medal at the 2017 FINA Diving World Cup in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Steve LoBue (USA) is the “FINA Best Male High Diver of the Year”. And he is a happy man. High diving was introduced in the FINA programme in 2013 and LoBue is the third man to claim the best-of-the-year award, following double winners Duque (2013 and 2014) and Hunt (2015 and 2016) and aspiring to their exalted status himself. He is already the “king of somersaults”, the only one on the circuit to perform five of them in a single dive. 

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Men’s 27m
FINA World Cup

Silver Medal

Men’s 27m

Interview
Steven LoBue

How would you describe your season?

I would say my overall season has been a bit of a roller coaster. My results weren’t as consistent as I would like, so the highs were high and when it rained it poured!

Besides your victory in Budapest, what is the strongest image you retain from the World Championships in Hungary?

Budapest is an amazingly beautiful city. I would say the strongest images in my mind are looking out from the 27-metre platform and soaking in the beautiful sights from a viewpoint that not many people get to experience.

Do you follow other aquatic sports? Do you look forward to meeting FINA stars from the five other aquatic disciplines?

One of my favourite parts about World Championships is watching other athletes in action. It’s truly an honour to be among the best athletes in the world and surrounded by so much talent and passion.

What are your plans for 2018?

I’m very happy with my routine at the moment, so I don’t see any big changes coming up. I think the biggest thing I need to work on is consistency. I’m looking forward to training hard in the off-season to make sure I’m as prepared as possible for the 2018 season.