Molly Carlson is a four-time Junior National Champion who wowed the crowd and made it onto the podium on her World Series debut.

Not since a certain trailblazing champion arrived on the scene in 2016 has a cliff diving debutante made such an instant and impressive impact. When the World Series restarted in 2021, not many in the cliff diving world knew the name Molly Carlson, but by the end of the year the 2014 Canadian Youth Olympian had cemented her status as one of the women’s top contenders.

Having based her decision to compete as a cliff diver on the results of a social media poll, where “99% of the responses were ‘yes’, other than my mother”, Carlson made her memorable debut at Saint-Raphaël on the French Riviera. Three exceptional dives helped secure a second-place finish, with only the champion Rhiannan Iffland ahead of her.

It was a sign of things to come, with the young Canadian continuing to impress throughout the season, rounding it off with two more podiums in Italy and an overall third place in the World Series standings, and with it a permanent place for 2022. A dream year for the 23-year-old concluded with a silver medal at the FINA High Diving qualifier in December.

Bubbly, confident and forever with a smile on her face, Carlson documented her first season on the World Series in the vlog – ‘Molly’s Life as a Wildcard’, while she also continues to entertain her 2.7 million TikTok followers.

The cliff diving world is excited to see what this exciting newcomer will bring to the 21m platform in 2022.