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05/28/2012

Spins, twists and impacts : The faces of Canadian diving.

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos

Photographers love a good face.

I'm not sure exactly what the physics are for diving, but, I do know that when athletes are doing three-and-a-half spins combined with two-and-a-half twists in about a second and then hitting the water at about 60 kilometres per hour photographers are going to see some pretty interesting faces.

Spins and twists

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Eric Sehn competes on the ten metre platform at the Canadian Olympic Diving Trials at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Pool in Montreal. 

 

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Myriam Semani competes in the three metre springboard.

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Nicholas Beaupre competes in the Men's Three Metre Springboard preliminaries.

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Meaghan Benfieto competes in the Women's Ten Metre Platform.

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Kevin Leong comes out of a spin and twist as he competes on the three metre springboard.

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Riley McCormick wins the 10 metre Platform qualifying him for the London Olympics. 

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Tyler Heschel comes out of a spin as he competes on the ten metre platform.

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Nicholas Beaupre competes in the Men's Three Metre Springboard.

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Tyler Henschel competes on the three metre springboard.

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Reuben Ross finished second and just out of an Olympic spot in the Men's Three Metre Springboard event. He will go to London to compete in the three metre sprigboard synchro event with Alexandre Despatie.

Impacts.

Getting ready to go from 60 to 0 in less than a second.

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Pamela Ware hits the water as she competes in the three metre springboard at the Canadian Olympic Diving Trials at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Pool in Montreal. 

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Melanie Rinaldi would finish second and out of an Olympic berth as she competes on the three metre springboard.

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 Myriam Selmani enters the pool as she competes in the three metre springboard.

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Reuben Ross enters the pool as he competes on the three metre springboard.

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Teya Syskakis competes in the three metre springboard.

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Divers hit the water during warm-ups before in the Women's Ten Metre Platform and Men's Three Metre Springboard events.

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Cody Yano braces for impact in the Men's Three Metre Springboard preliminaries.

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The first impact the divers have is with the springboard to launch them into the air, Reuben Ross hits the sweet spot on the three metre springboard.

Our Diving Olympians

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Alexandre Despatie had prequalified for the Olympics and did not need to compete at the Trials. He did squeeze in a training session between events. Despatie will compete on the three metre spring board and in the three metre springboard synchro events.

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Although Reuben Ross finished second at the trials in the three metre springboard his ticket to London is punched as Despatie's partner in the synchro event. 

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Jennifer Abel, centre, had also prequalified for London, she did not dive at trials but was part of the celebration when Roseline Filion, left, celebrates winning an Olympic berth after winning the Women's Ten Metre Platform event. Meaghan Benfieto, right, is Filion's synchro partner. Abel will compete in London on the three metre springboard and in the three metre synchro event. See more pictures of this Olympic trio

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Emilie Heymans laughs as Jennifer Abel weeps after she won the three metre spring board event qualifying her for the London Olympics. She and Abel will team up in the three metre synchro event too.

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   Francois Imbeau-Dulac won the three metre springboard and a spot in London.

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Riley McCormick reacts after he won the 10 metre Platform event qualifying him for the London Olympics.

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Meaghan Benfieto will compete on the ten metre platform and the ten metre synchro events in London. 

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Roseline Filion celebrates winning an Olympic berth after winning the women's ten metre platform event at trials. She will also compete in the ten metre synchro event.

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Eric Sehn finished second on the ten metre platform. He will have to wait until June 9th to see if he will qualify for the Olympics.

Some fun pictures and the end.

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Divers warm up for the Women's Ten Metre Platform event at the Canadian Olympic Diving Trials.

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Melanie Rinaldi surfaces during warm-ups on the three metre springboard.

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Emilie Heymans surfaces during warm-ups on the three metre springboard .

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Divers in the pool in warm-ups before in the Women's Ten Metre Platform  and Men's Three Metre Springboard event at the Canadian Olympic Diving Trials.

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Carol-Ann Ware looks over the edge, I'm not sure if platform divers don't trust the fact there is water in the pool of if training has them accustomed to making sure nobody is below. All divers peek over the edge.

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Divers launch from the ten metre platform.

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Riley McCormick handstands on the 10 metre Platform.

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Roseline Filion warms up for the Women's Ten Metre Platform event.

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I guess hitting the water at 60 km/h would give you a little back pain that might need some ice.

 

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this gallery of images is spectacular. great sports coverage, loved them.

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