Olympic Diving: Why China Will Keep Momentum Rolling
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The Chinese diving team has been a cut above the competition at the London Olympics. And, there's no reason to believe their success will stop anytime soon.
Through three diving events, China has claimed three gold medals, per London2012.com. There was no match for China's performance in the women's three-meter springboard, the men's synchronized 10-meter platform and the women's synchronized 10-meter platform.
While the Chinese were running away with gold, other countries were left in the dust. In the three events, Mexico garnered two silver medals, the United States took silver and bronze and Canada claimed two bronze.
Nothing but consistent, China truly has the best divers in the world. With their steady output over the last several years, the Chinese could very well sweep all eight diving events. Beth Harris of the Associated Press (NBCOlympics.com) broke down their recent history:
Four years ago at the Beijing Games, they won seven of eight gold medals on home soil. At last year's world championships—again on home soil in Shanghai—they won all eight golds for the first time
As their country's diving experience grows, they're only getting stronger.
According to Woody Franklin of About.com, China never even medaled in diving before the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. That seems like centuries ago, as no other country has scratched the surface of their diving dominance of late.
It all comes down to a winning mentality, and China certainly has that. Chinese coach Zhou Jihong expressed her outlook moving forward, via AP's Beth Harris.
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"We are confident in every category, but we know there are difficulties, with the biggest challenge in men's 10-meter platform," she said.
Five events stand in the way of an unblemished finish: men's synchronized 3-meter springboard, women's 3-meter springboard, men's 3-meter springboard, women's 10-meter platform and the aforementioned men's 10-meter platform.
If China hoists nothing but gold medals between now and August 11, perfection will be all theirs.
Nonetheless, their biggest task is still on the horizon.
Esther Addley of the Guardian.co.uk indicates that Australia's gold in the 10 meter platform cut China short of the undefeated accomplishment at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
That will be the toughest obstacle ahead for China. But as history shows, their diving prowess is still on the rise and they are ready to beat their opponents convincingly.
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