Diving is a pretty crazy sport; it is. I watched some of the Olympic Trials this afternoon and wondered what would possess someone to jump off a platform and do four and half flips. That’s complete lunacy. And the handstand into a four twisting double reverse inward triple in the pike position – come on, the name for these stunts, and they are stunts, are difficult enough. The divers who don’t make the Olympic team I think could make a good living in the circus, the best of these might even get a gig with Cirque du Soleil some day.
I want to know what happened to the cliff divers? I was hoping to watch the Olympic Cliff Diving Trials, but was deeply disturbed to find out there are none. Now that’s a sport, both entertaining and dangerous – Close to the Edge – I guess you’d have to be a little edgy to jump off one too. Not sure where the event will be at the London Olympics, maybe the Cliffs of Moher; careful on those jaggedy rocks, Eugene. Though the Irish might have the home cliff advantage in the Olympics, I think the flying Dutchmen might just have the edge.