Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 1, (GNA/dpa) – Australian Olympic divers Domonic Bedggood and James Connor have admitted that despite their talent and experience, plunging into the water from 10 metres remains scary.
“My friends think I’m just fearless,” Connor said Sunday, before the 2016 Games open Friday in Rio de Janeiro. “But one of the typical questions you get from people outside the sport is, ‘Don’t you get scared diving 10 metres?’ The honest answer is, ‘Yeah, every time.'”
Bedggood began his sporting career as an artistic gymnast and only turned to diving as he was about to turn 17.
“It was quite daunting to be honest,” he said. “The highest apparatus in gymnastics was two metres, so even standing up on a 3-metre platform I was way out of my element and absolutely petrified. I just wanted to go home and cry.”