Elegant Olympic dives fly by in a matter of seconds. Because of that, itâ€™s hard to know what to look for when you try to judge the sport from your couch. One thing thatâ€™s easy to see, though? The splash.
If youâ€™ve watched any Olympics diving coverage, you may have noticed that the splashes athletes make are tiny. Divers spend years training to perform with a minimal splash, in the same way, that gymnasts train to stick their landings.
In this video, Team USAâ€™s head diving coach Drew Johansen explains the three major components he uses to guide his athletes towards smaller splashes: the above-water position, the underwater swim, and the underwater pike.
And while the sport of diving isnâ€™t all about getting splashes, a small splash is the perfect punctuation to a job well done.