When it comes to water-based sports, swimming, canoeing, and water polo are popular with the masses, especially in Europe. But the Olympics Diving division has a massive fan following of its own. This particular Olympic discipline has a rich and diverse history. Since making a debut at the 1904 Olympic Games in Saint Louis.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 10: Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain compete in the Men’s Diving Synchronised 3m Springboard Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
That was also the one and only time that the plunge for distance diving event took place at the Olympics. William Dickney will go down in history as the greatest Olympic plunge for distance champion, and probably the only one.
But there’s more about this discipline that fascinates and entices viewers every four years. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to 1904 when diving made its debut at the Summer Olympics.
Here’s how diving came to be one of the most anticipated Olympic events
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