We are always afraid ,a little bit scared, because it's a strong plunge and you can only ensure your safety if you concentrate and focus on your jump a 100%. We have now a competition season so almost every week we are on a different competition so we can practice. We use indoor pools and gym and we often work on the technique.
As for the the pool, some of us are used to it, because we are working in shows where we use ladders and jump into a very small pool, here the platforms are great. The pool is deep it's big and it's a little bit different view than diving into a river or the ocean. It is actually very nice and the water is warm. "
2. Tara Tira (USA) (round 1) 66.30 points
"We always start from 10 meters and go higher step by step
and we have to make sure we are very prepared before the jump.
My biggest jump was like 23 meters.
Budapest is an amazing city and the Parliament is beautiful and good to see the people around it.
I do practice a lot , around 5 or 6 times a week, including swimming, work-out, diving and cardio.
After the race I call my husband John, he always supports me and he is very important to me."
Everybody is afraid at that height but you have to convert this fear into adrenalin and extra power and it's a natural painkiller. All of us started in a swimming pool with the coach and you start with the 1 metre and gradually go on to the 10 metre. Most of us have 15 years of experience with the 10 meter. In practice I jump maximum from 10 metres, because the start of the dive is the most important so I focus on that.
I really like this city and my high diving career started from here, at the European Championship in 2006.
I received a call from my ex-coach and he asked me if I wanted to attend a high diving event in Italy and I said yes, so I had a month off and practiced in Budapest from 27 metres for the very first time."
19. Owen Weymouth (UK) (Round 1-2) 119.45 points
"I think you have to be scared at that height, the fear really helps you to focus your mind.
Budapest has been absolutly fantastic. It's amazing to dive into this small pool, it's a brilliant facility,
I can feel the energy from the crowd, so it's a great experience.In practise you are building the height up step by step until you reach 27 metres. At 10 metres you practise the take off. I call my parents and my diving coaches after the competitions, because they cannot always come and see the event on the spot.
Basically I have always dived from 10 metres and I tried to make it to the 10 metres national diving team, but I couldn't get in. I wanted to continue this career so the best alternative was to become a high diver."