BARCELONA, Spain -- With the diving events at the 15th FINA World Championships in full swing this week, three former Purdue divers are preparing for their upcoming competitions at the largest international meet of the year.
David Boudia (2009-11), David Colturi (2008-10) and Steven LoBue (2004-07) are set to represent USA Diving, beginning Saturday (July 27) when Boudia competes in the preliminaries of the 10-meter platform. Colturi and LoBue are scheduled to be part of the debut competition of 27-meter high diving (cliff diving) at the World Championships, beginning Monday (July 29). All diving events in Barcelona are being contested outdoors.
The Universal Sports Network is providing live video coverage of selected events at the FINA World Championships, both via online webcasts and on traditional satellite cable television. Universal Sports can be found on Channel 625 on DIRECTV and Channel 402 on DISH Network. To access the live video webcasts, viewers must have a cable subscription that features Universal Sports. Highlight videos are available for free on UniversalSports.com.
Universal Sports is set to televise the 27-meter high diving events live on both tradition TV and via webcasts next week. There is a six-hour time difference between Barcelona and the Eastern Time Zone in the USA. The men's 27-meter high diving is set to air live from 10 a.m. to noon ET on July 29 and July 31. The first two rounds of the competition will be contested July 29 and the final three rounds on July 31.
As part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Colturi and LoBue finished one-two in the Italy tour stop on July 14. Colturi is in fourth place and LoBue seventh among the overall standings after the first four tour stops of the eight-stop 2013 World Series.
Boudia and Harry Jones will be the Americans among the 10-meter platform field, which is set to feature 31 divers. The preliminaries are slated for 4 a.m. ET on Saturday (July 27), with finals the following day at 8 a.m. ET. Universal Sports will offer a live video webcast of the July 28 finals and highlights will air on television at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Boudia won silver from the 10-meter platform at the 2011 World Championships in China. He became the first American man to medal in the event at the World Championships since 1986 and the performance set the stage for his historic showing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Along with a bronze medal in synchronized 10-meter platform diving with partner Nick McCrory, Boudia also won the gold medal individually from the 10-meter.
Boudia returned to competition in May for the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the World Championships Trials in Tallahassee, Fla. He won silver at the international competition in Fort Lauderdale and cruised to victory among the all-American field in Tallahassee.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is the top professional tour for divers competing from 27 meters and higher. Colturi and LoBue are among the 14 confirmed men's divers set to take part in the high diving competition at the World Championships, with almost all of them also being part of the Cliff Diving World Series. Fellow American and Princeton alumnus Kent DeMond will also be competing.
The Port of Barcelona (Moll de la Fausta) on the edge of the Balearic and Mediterranean Seas will serve as the site of the high diving competition at the World Championships. As part of the Cliff Diving World Series, Colturi and LoBue have already competed at scenic venues in France, Denmark, Portugal and Italy this summer.
The regular springboard and diving events are being contested at the Montjuic Municipal Pool (Piscina Municipal de Montjuic), which also served as the diving site at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.