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Colombian also aims to help Olympic bid as he reveals that “sport is a calling”.
Orlando Duque brought the curtain down on a phenomenal competitive high diving career when he bowed out at the last Red Bull Cliff Diving stop of 2019 in Bilbao, however he still plans on staying involved in the sport he loves. Here is all you need to know:
– Colombian legend Duque won the first Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series title in 2009 and finished runner-up three times before retiring at the end of this season.
– He also won high diving gold at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona and was named the FINA Male High Diver of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
– The 45-year-old is in no mood to put his feet up and believes that he still has more to give back to the sport that he once interrupted his studies for back home.
– The Cali native said: “Cliff diving is my profession, a calling that will be the centre of my life after my active career is over. I once interrupted my university career because of diving, which I then let slide. This shows how important the sport is to me, emotionally as well. It will never release its hold over me.”
– Duque has travelled the globe as an ambassador, diving from the world’s largest waterfall, in front of the Statue of Liberty and off an iceberg in Antarctica.
– He added: “I won’t give up my sport just because I’m stepping back from active competition. Cliff diving has so many different facets that I have neglected in recent years. Adventure, travel and new discoveries. I hope I finally have time for this.”
– He will continue to shape and push the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in his retirement and, in terms of high diving as a whole, he revealed: “I’m in the athletes committee of the international federation FINA and I’m in the high diving committee, so I’ll be pushing every step to make sure this sport makes it to the Olympics.”
Listen to the podcast ‘Orlando’s World of Diving’ HERE.