I remember the first time I watched Olympic diving, it was during the 1984 Olympics. Greg Louganis stepped on the platform and did this ridiculous dive, with minimal splash, that led him on to win two gold medals in 1984 (3m springboard and 10m springboard). He would do it again in 1988. and is considered to be the greatest diver of all time.
At that time, I had no appreciation for the work he had done to prepare for such feats. Here are some of the things that Greg mentioned in an interview in terms of preparation.
“I started off doing dance and acrobatics, jazz and tap,” he recalls. “I was performing at the age of three; I was trained a performer.” “It’s so important for athletes to have interests other than diving,” he explains. “Not only to relax the mind and body, but to have a strategy for what comes next.”
Whether we call in preparation, practice, apprenticeship or studying, it never sounds like fun, but it is a part of the process. Prepare early and often.