Do Asian Olympic Divers have an Edge in Olympic Diving?
Consider this for a second, a little splash is the signature for a fantastic dive, this is because the body of the diver has to be aligned and go in complete streamlined to generate little if any dash. Yes, there are different approaches like cupping your hands making the water flow and not dab out, also swimming throughout the dip while submerged causes the water to flow quickly downward rather than splashing up. Gals that are full figured create a bigger splash than those that are small breasted, of course, these divers are usually in really great shape, flexible like gymnasts and have very little body fat hence generally smaller breasted female sailors. Typically Asians are thinner than Westerners, some is diet and some is hereditary, but typically that is what we find. I ask, does this give them an edge together with the judges?
Indeed, while performing this thought experiment, as well as my understanding of fluid dynamics; I would need to say yes, but to what level is tough to say, as the Asian sailors from Japan, China and other areas are also very talented and practice a huge amount, and much better divers also get higher scores naturally. More research would be required, perhaps body shapes as a proportion of population, BMI data, and hours educated (assuming competent coaches).
Likewise, going with this concept, slender divers from the US, UK, or of the European Union would also fair well, same with South American cliff divers who go into the Olympics, which they are in best form and have slender builds.
Yet another point here. The judges don’t have access to slow motion cameras, and at the high-dive competitions the male athletes with their power do 3-4 summersaults, and their rate of spin is so large that the tiny errors are often overlooked, but the tell-tale sign of the dab speaks volumes of their precision the athlete had attained, therefore, the total amount of splash weighs heavy on the scoring procedure.
What I am saying is that; my inquiries and questions here do have merit, and you’ll be able to examine the divers and watch the slim divers, when they perform a complicated and precision dive appear to score higher than the more stalky build divers – the reason makes sense to me, I feel it’s all about fluid dynamics as the athlete eases into the water – but more study, statistical and visible data is justified.