Diving

Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, sometimes while performing acrobatics. Diving is an internationally-recognized sport that is part of the Olympic Games. In addition, unstructured and non-competitive diving is a recreational pastime. Diving is one of the most popular Olympic sports with spectators. Competitors possess many of the same characteristics as gymnasts and dancers, including strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness. The success of Greg Louganis has led to American strength in diving internationally. China came to prominence several decades ago when the sport was revolutionized by national coach Liang Boxi. Other noted countries in the sport include Russia, Great Britain, Italy, Australia and Canada.Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis (pron.: /lu?e?n?s/; born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. In 1984, he received the James E. Sullivan Award from the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.Liang Boxi (Chinese: ?; 1938 - ) is a former Chinese diver and a head coach of the Chinese diving team. He was among the first Chinese athletes to be awarded the title Master of Sport[1] and is credited with revolutionising the sport of diving in China.[2] Liang was born in Shunde, Guangdong Province. In 1952, he enrolled in the Guangz

ou Youth Swimming Team. Liang claimed his first championship title on the 3 meter springboard in a Guangzhou municipal contest in 1954, and was admitted to the Guangdong diving team the same year. He was one of the first divers to represent the People's Republic of China. From 1955 to 1965, Liang won 6 championships between the springboard and platform in national competitions, including the First Chinese National Games. He won an international champion on the springboard in 1963, and won both springboard and platform in an Asian competition in 1966. Liang became a diving coach in 1970, and he was promoted to head coach of Chinese national diving team in 1981. His students include Chen Xiaoxia, China's first world champion diver. A springboard or diving board is used for diving and is a board that is itself a spring, i.e. a linear flex-spring, of the cantilever type. Springboards are commonly fixed by a hinge at one end (so they can be flipped up when not in use), and the other end usually hangs over a swimming pool, with a point midway between the hinge and the end resting on an adjustable fulcrum.Modern springboards are made out of a single-piece extrusion of aircraft-grade aluminum. The Maxiflex Model B, the board used in all major competitive diving events,[1] is made out of such aluminum, and is heat treated for a yield strength of 50,000 psi. The slip-resistant surface of the board is created using an epoxy resin, finished with a laminate of flint silica and alumina in between the top coats of resin. This thermal-cured resin is aqua-colored to match the water of a clean pool.