Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
Four-time Olympic diving champion named World Series’ new sports director.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is set to be shaped by arguably the greatest diver in Olympic history.
Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis has been named as the new sports director for the upcoming series, replacing his former Olympic rival Nki Stajkovic following his premature death in February.
Stajkovic had turned the World Series into a global phenomenon since the event’s inaugural season in 2009.
But Louganis has the potential to steer cliff diving to even greater heights with the sport’s governing body having proposed the discipline’s inclusion in the programme for the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.
Louganis, who did the Olympic double off the 3m and 10m diving boards at the 1984 and 1988 Games, has been a regular on the judging panel for the series.
“I am thrilled to be working even more closely with the Red Bull Cliff Diving family, one of the most supportive and creative teams I’ve had the pleasure to be associated with,” he said.
“Interacting with this extraordinarily talented and elite group of athletes as a judge was already something I cherished but being able to continue the work of my dear friend, the extraordinary Niki Stajkovic, is both humbling and an honour.
“I look forward to the 2017 season as we continue to strengthen awareness of cliff diving as the important and pure sport it is.”
As well as winning quadruple Olympic gold during his illustrious career, American Louganis is also a five-time world champion.
Whether the sport over which he now presides takes him back to the Games will be discussed by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission during the IOC executive board meeting scheduled for July.
And for more info, see redbullcliffdiving.com