FINA Best Male High Diver 2017

LoBue in 10 clicks

December 04th, 2017

Three legends

Steve LoBue (USA, right) is the third high diver receiving the "FINA Best Athlete" accolade, after Gary Hunt (GBR, 2015 and 2016, left) and Orlando Duque (COL, 2013 and 2014, in the middle)

Dedication

LoBue is practising diving for the past 25 years and entered in the high diving world seven years ago

Close to gold

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Before his consecration at the 2017 World Championships, LoBue had earned three medals at the FINA World Cup: silver in 2017, bronze in 2014 and 2015

Fear

"You are always afraid when you are on the top of the platform. There is no way to escape that feeling. It's a sign of respect for what you are doing. But you have to overcome it and concentrate on the technical aspects of the dive"

Budapest win

Steve LoBue earned at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest his first gold in a FINA competition, concluding the event with 397.15 points

King of somersaults

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Known as the "king of somersaults", Steve LoBue is the only high diver of the circuit capable of executing five of them in a single dive!

Olympic dream

"We are seeing much more difficult dives and a much wider range of athletes that are capable of winning on any given day. It’s truly exciting to watch the sport grow as we continue to make a push for an Olympic bid"

High DD

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LoBue's most difficult combination DD 5.4) at the Budapest 2017 Worlds was an inward 5 somersaults with ½ twist, worth 113.40 points

Happy man

LoBue (1.61m/62kg) is a New Jersey native but residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At 32, he is married and father of a baby girl