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Red Bull Cliff Diving’s 5th event – Boston

After 4 magnificent competitions in Europe, the Red Bull Cliff Diving event steps over the pond to hold their 5th out of 7 events event in Boston. Using the cantilevered roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art building for the second time, cliff diving’s elite will hold the crowd spellbound as they try to out perform each other.

Historic Boston will be a fitting background for a finale which promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The harbour will be swarming with small boats and spectators – fortunately no tea will be staining the waters unless a cupful is accidentally spilled. Certainly not 92,000 lbs of the stuff as was the case in 1773 at what is casually called The Boston Tea Party – a euphemism for an event that sparked off the American War of Independence.

The results and standings have never been this tight. It’s anyone’s competition although Columbian Orlando Duque hopes to win back his title. But that title is up for grabs. Gary Hunt, last year’s champion, and Artem Silchenko are certainly going to be strong contenders and they have the advantage of having dived before at the Boston venue with’s its city scape background in contrast to all 4 former sites which have had natural cliffs and sea as a background. Boston Harbour is surrounded by skyscrapers and the largest crowd of the Tour will be there to witness the crowning of the supreme champion.

Cliff diving and Michal Navratil in Boston

Three Americans will be happy to be performing on home turf. Steven LoBue, Kent De Mond and David Colturi will be only too well aware of what the power of a home crowd rooting for you can do – witness Team GB at the London Olympics! LoBue is ranked 4th in the rankings so, with an American partisan crowd, he may well be able to pull the goods out of the bag.

It will be a day that veteran Slava Polyeshchuk will be looking forward to too. He has officially retired from the sport, but his swan song will be a farewell appearance as a wildcard in Boston. Mexican Jonathan Paredes and Kyle Mitrione, the fourth American diver competing in Boston, have been handed the other two wildcard spots.

Just quickly, compare the above photo to their last dive in Ireland…

… poles apart aren’t they? I wonder how much a busy background affects the concentration of the divers?

You might also wonder what the attraction of cliff diving is to each diver? Well, watch the next video and it might give you just a little idea of what it is about this magnificent sport that draws people in…

The Red Bull Cliff Diving Boston event is scheduled for this Saturday, 25th August. This will be followed by the event in Wales and the final event will be held in Oman….

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