The Art of Diving in Britain

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33 feet up, looking down at the water, trying to determine if this trick will make or break a diver from the rest of his or her career is a heart pounding experience. He jumps, spins, flips, and then hurdles 62 miles per hour toward the unforgiving water head first. The loud splash the diver makes as he enters the water perfect. He disappears into the dark obis of the water for what feels like forever, as he mentally prepares himself for either applause or boos. He finally has no choice but to come up. The room is silent as his head breaks the surface of the water. Then before he has time to recollect what is going on the room busts into cheers and applause, he looks at the score board and sees his name move up from third to first place. The adrenaline rushing through a divers veins, the anticipation till he enters the water, all of this makes diving the best sport in the whole world and Britain definitely knows this. Diving has been around for over 400 years, and in that vast amount of years there have been great advances by British athletes and scientists to further the sport of diving by improving and inventing new, and improved equipment. A few of these technological advances are the diving board, bubbler, and the trampoline. The diving board started off as just a long 2x6 piece of wood hanging off of cliffs ranging from 10 to 50 feet above a lake or pool, this board had little to no bounce and made tricks of high difficulty almost impossible. In today’s day and age divers use new fiberglass boards that have large amounts of bend and spring which help launch a diver high up into the air to perform crazy never before seen tricks. This marvelous invention was made in 1960 so that divers could improve and do tricks with imm... ... middle of paper ... ...ibutors to the magnificent sport of diving. If it wasn’t for all of the British scientists, inventors, and publicists, this sport might not be what it is today, it might not be on reality TV shows or even in the Olympic Games. Works Cited Monkey. "Tom Daley Video Is the Perfect Springboard for ITV's Splash!" Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 09 Dec. 2013. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "History of Diving | ISport.com." History of Diving | ISport.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "Fédération Internationale De Gymnastique : History of Trampoline Gymnastics." Fédération Internationale De Gymnastique : History of Trampoline Gymnastics. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "Trampoline History - Invention of the Trampolone." Trampoline History - Invention of the Trampolone. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "EdGate Summer Games." EdGate Summer Games. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.

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