re-sized Lake Vouliagmeni

Red Bull Cliff Diving Moves to Athens, Greece…

… but it moves to Greece without the 9-times World Champion and current leader of the competition, Orlando Duque. “I was skydiving and while landing I broke my foot, so for this season I might fall out for the rest of the stops,” admitted Duque.

This is tragic news for spectators as Duque is a supreme diver, but so are the 11 others left in the competition. However, it means the World Champion title is now up for grabs and the competition will be stiff.

Easter Island and Cenote in Yucatan, Mexico were the hosts for the first two venues for the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championships and Orlando Duque won both those… now the field is open to the others.

Lake Vouliagmeni just outside Athens is the next venue. Vouliagmeni, meaning ‘sunken lake’, was made by a rare geophysical formation probably caused by an earthquake in the middle ages which caused a large underground cavern’s roof to collapse. Although other reports say that the ceiling collapsed due to the high temperature and moisture generated by several hot springs inside the cavern. The Lake stands at 40 cm elevation and has a constant temperature of 24 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Lake Vouliagmeni, south of Athens, Greece
Lake Vouliagmeni Photo courtesy of seligmanwaite

There is an extra challenge to diving into this lake. It is dark and murky which makes it almost impossible to estimate the relative height after take-off. Diving here demands flawless execution.

But it is also a healthy option! There are many hot springs beneath the lake that constantly refuel it which contain minerals such as potassium, natrium, lithium, ammonium, calcium, ferrum, chloride and iodine. This potent mix turned Lake Vouliagmeni into a health spa many centuries ago. It has been used throughout the ages for giving relief to bone and muscle problems as well as many other minor ailments.

With Duque out of the running, Slava Polyeshchuk (UKR), Michal Navratil (CZE) and Cyrille Oumedjkane (FRA) are within striking distance of Gary Hunt (GBR) who now leads the pack. They will all be determined to score as high as possible.

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4 Responses to “Red Bull Cliff Diving Moves to Athens, Greece…”

  1. Dave Waite
    2011 | 11 June at 20:02 #

    Please follow the Creative Commons Licence policies and make sure my picture of the Lake is appropiately tagged.

    I have reported you to the flickr Host since my last email to you did nothing, and got no response.

    • lolajones
      2011 | 12 June at 08:15 #

      Hi Dave.We do apologise for not tagging your photograph. I’m afraid we got it off the Google Advance Image page and it was labelled ‘free for re-use’. We will certainly tag it and are sorry to have irritated you. As a matter of interest – this is the first email we have received from you.
      p.s. it is now tagged

  2. Dave Waite
    2011 | 15 June at 02:51 #

    Hey now Guys and Gals!!!
    I’ll take that up with Google.
    Thank you very much for taking care of this.
    I sent you an email a week previously before I posted here, I’d be happy to share that email if you desire.

    Thanks again…

    Think Good Thoughts,
    Dave Waite

    • lolajones
      2011 | 15 June at 07:43 #

      No, no problem David, I’ll take your word for it. I do try and do everything right on my site and appreciate it if I’m stopped and pointed in the right direction from time to time. It is all a learning curve! Great picture by the way, and thank you for letting me use it.

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