Photography by Vincent Graton Image by: Photography by Vincent Graton
Work with talented people who challenge you
Ever heard the phrase "If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room"? The general idea applies to diving, too. "We have the advantage of training with divers who have had a lot of success internationally," says Filion, "so we push each other to be better."
Visualize your desired result
The warm-up before each event consists of running through the motions of the dive on the ground, "like a simulation," says Abel. Visualizing the dive before it's performed is the best preparation. Just do you It's impossible to control another person's actions, even in a sport that relies so heavily on teamwork. When Ware and Abel get on the springboards, "we just focus on our own dives," says Abel. "If Pam does her dive and I do mine, everything's going to be OK."
Don't take yourself too seriously
Competing at such a high level in front of hundreds of people is a stressful undertaking, but the FAB IV divers know how to enjoy the moment and have fun. "If you take it too seriously, something's going to go wrong," says Benfeito. To loosen up prior to competition, the women often sing and dance.
Accept that mistakes happen
No matter how much the divers train and visualize, imperfect dives happen. "Sometimes, I have a bad day and it will be my fault that we don't do well," says Ware. "Sometimes, it will be Jennifer. I'm not going to blame her if she dives poorly, and I hope she won't blame me." Abel agrees: "It's part of the game. You see what went wrong and come up with a solution, but you still have to keep diving the next day."
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|This story was originally part of "In Their Element" in the July 2015 issue. |
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