Do one-and-a-half forward somersaults with one twist

I began practicing diving arduously in February this year, and since then I have wanted to have at least one item on the list that has to with this new pastime of mine. The difficulty lay in the fact that it is very hard to predict what is a reasonable goal. I had no idea I would be able to two two-and-a-half forward somersaults after only a couple of months of practicing, and who knows what I will be able to do in another couple of months? Things change rapidly for a beginner.

Therefore, I decided to add a goal that was within reach, but which would nevertheless require much practice and courage to reach. I have always thought twists look nice, but a month ago I had had no proper training whatsoever in how to perform them. In the last few weeks, I have put much emphasis on practicing this and, at last, I have now succeed. Behold:

One-and-a-half forward somersaults with one twist (3.7 MB, mp4)

Admittedly, it is not very expertly executed, but for now it is enough just to be able to perform the dive. Here are a couple of things that I need to fix: I tuck in my legs towards the end, I do not keep my feet together, I bend too much as I kick into the twist (almost a piked position, not good), I do everything too slowly. Etcetera.

Hopefully, I will be able to show better results in an upcoming article on diving this autumn (I just need to arrange the film sequences and shoot a few more of the dives I am not satisfied with). As for now, I am quite satisfied and look forward to more practicing on Wednesday!

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