Former US national 10m champion David Colturi became the youngest diver to appear in a full World Series in 2012 following successful qualification from Australia and went from strength to strength in his debut season.
“Competing in the World Series is the culmination of a life committed to training and a love for the sport of diving. Qualifying for the tour is a dream come true and a start to a new chapter in my diving career. I’m so new to the sport still. I’ve been training my ass off and I’m going to try and keep getting better.”
Having first competed as a wildcard in Boston in 2011, and showing a glimpse of his talent, David achieved his first World Series podium a year later at his home event in the USA and followed it up with a second third-placed finish in Oman to round off a very impressive first full season in 2012.
David made good on his early promise with a first World Series win in Malcesine, in Italy, in July 2013, and though an ankle injury sustained afterwards affected his performances he was still able to secure a fifth-placed finish overall.
The athlete, who is now based in California, set his stall out early in 2014, doing lead-ups for the famed triple quad – a dive with a Degree of Difficulty of 6.2 that only World Series champion Gary Hunt had been able to master. Inevitably, performing the complex dive in competition produced some up and down results, but David saved his best performance for last, securing fifth place overall – and automatic qualification for 2015 – with a fifth podium of his Red Bull Cliff Diving career at the 2014 World Series final in Mexico.