Orlando Duque Wins Boston Cliff Diving

The ten-time world champion leaps 90-feet high from the ICA Building in front of a sold-out crowd.
Orlando Duque at Red Bull Cliff Diving 2013
Orlando Duque at Red Bull Cliff Diving 2013 © Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool
By Romelle Young

Fourteen of the world’s best cliff divers leaped from 90-feet high atop the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Red Bull Cliff Diving Boston event, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph in three seconds.

Ten-time World Champion Orlando Duque performed a back triple somersault plus triple twist pike with little to no splash to take first place. Russia’s Artem Silchenko finished second and UK’s Gary Hunt took third.

“It was a crazy week that started with one of the coolest things I’ve done in my life and ended with the best competition I’ve had the whole year,” said Orlando Duque. “It was super close all the way up to the last dive and everyone was diving so well that anybody could have won.”

Olympic gold medal winning diver Greg Louganis returned as a judge for the 2013 season.

The next stop on the Cliff Diving tour is South Wales in the UK, then onto Rio de Janeiro and the final stop in Thailand in late October.

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