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Pike Position

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Xiong Ni of China dives in Atlanta in 1996

Xiong Ni of China dives in Atlanta in 1996.

Photo: Jed Jacobsohn /Allsport
Definition:

One of the four positions in diving, the pike position is performed with the knees straight and the body bent at the waist. A proper pike position will demonstrate little or no gap between the upper body and the legs.

Pike position can be performed with the hands extending out from the body in an open pike position, touching the feet as used in voluntary dives, or with the arms wrapping around the legs in a closed pike position.

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