Ok, so are you ready to become an Olympic diver? Well the first thing to do is do find a pool. A pool with a diving board would be even better. Once you find that pool with the board, it's a good bet that someone uses it to teach lessons. And there you go, your first step to becoming an Olympian.
So what if you don't have a pool with a diving board? Your best bet is to contact one of the governing bodies listed below and they should be able to help you find that elusive pool, diving board, and all important coach and diving program.
GOVERNING BODY FOR THE SPORT OF DIVINGUSA Diving is the national governing body for the sport of diving in the United States and is responsible for training, selecting and preparing teams that represent the United States at the Olympic Games, World Championships and FINA World Diving Cup. Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the international governing body for aquatics, which includes diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo. FINA writes and enforces the rules used in the Olympic Games. The Amateur Athletic Union sponsors youth diving programs throughout the country and is a great resource for beginner divers.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO BE ON THE OLYMPIC DIVING TEAM
All divers that are chosen for the Olympic team must be qualified to compete in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving, or the 2008 Olympic Team Selection Camp. They can either qualify by winning one of the four events contested at the Olympic trials, or be chosen at the Olympic selection camp. Any diver chosen for the Olympic team must be a United States citizen.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPIC DIVING TEAM
Olympic divers are chosen through a two-step process. The first step involves the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving, that will take place June 18-22 in Indianapolis. The individual winner of the springboard and platform competitions at the trials will receive a nomination to the United States Olympic Committee to become a member of the 2008 Olympic Diving Team. These four divers must then prove their readiness during the next step in the process - the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Selection Camp, to be held July 2-6, in Knoxville, Tenn. From The Olympic Team Selection Camp, the remaining four individual competitors and four synchronized diving teams will be chosen.
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