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How He Does it
Kelley King
August 02, 2004
Despatie begins his dive by standing on the edge of the 10-meter platform with his back to the pool.
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August 02, 2004

How He Does It

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Despatie begins his dive by standing on the edge of the 10-meter platform with his back to the pool.

TAKEOFF
He springs up and away from the platform, pulls his arms to his body and begins somersaulting and twisting simultaneously. For style points he must keep his legs taut, his feet together and his toes pointed.

TRANSITION
He finishes his 2� twists—while completing one somersault—assumes the pike position (legs straight, knees to forehead) and begins to somersault rapidly.

SOMERSAULTS
As he does the final 1� revolutions, he sees the blue of the pool flash by, helping him keep his bearings.

APPROACH
He unfolds for splashdown.

ENTRY
He is going 30 mph as he pierces the water, arrowlike, hands together. He has "ripped" his entry, making nary a splash.

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