2012 was the best year yet in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series but what made it extra special for the divers? Here some of the top athletes tell us what was their highlight.
Orlando Duque (COL)
"Definitely the first competition in France; honestly, I just wanted to not embarrass myself and to see if I could handle it again. To win there on my first competition back was unbelievable."
Gary Hunt (GBR)
"Winning the World Series in Oman was definitely the highlight. I was nervous before the last dive but I’ve been in that situation before needing a good dive – I just tried to tell myself to do what you normally do in training. It was an incredible feeling to win the title again especially when you’re competing against some of the best divers in the world."
Steven LoBue (USA)
"That first quad half I did in Corsica to get second place. When I hit the water, I came up, looked at the scores and thought that, finally, I’ve been able to put some dives together! That was the confidence boost that I needed, I think. Obviously the winning dive in Wales as well, that’s a feeling I’ll never forget. I’m looking forward to getting a few more of those next year hopefully!"
Jorge Ferzuli (MEX)
"To return to cliff diving in Oman after being out injured for so long was my highlight. To get that feeling back after doing my quad front… I was able to put behind me all the stress because I was not able to recover in time for the previous competitions. It was a long time to go without diving but after getting my confidence back I let it rip!"
Artem Silchenko (RUS)
"In Ireland when I did my back armstand. Under water there was one second when I felt it and it was amazing. It was a new dive then and I was still learning it but next year I want to come back with this dive and I know now what I need to do."
David Colturi (USA)
"Being in Boston with my family was super cool and to get my first podium it couldn’t have gone any better. I’m always going to have great memories of Boston, it was where I competed for the first time as a wildcard in 2011. Then following it up with another podium in the final in Oman was definitely the right way to go!"
Michal Navratil (CZE)
"2012 was not a good year for me but Boston was my favourite stop. I felt strong during the competition and I really like the location. A year ago, it was my worst result of the season but this year I felt more confident. I tried a new, difficult dive which I missed, otherwise I think I could have been in line for a podium."
Cyrille Oumedjkane (FRA)
"Diving in France – it was actually the first time I’d been to Corsica – was the highlight of the year for me. It was the first competition and I finished fifth which turned out to be my best result of the season. Being part of the World Series and travelling to places that I’ve never been to before – I’d never been to Wales or Ireland either – is such a good experience."