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USA Olympic Diving Trials

Indiana University recently hosted the 2008 USA Diving Olympic Team Trials, and the process of selecting the diving team to represent the United States is underway. (10 photos total)

Troy Dumais twist in midair as he competes in the senior 3M springboard semifinal during the 2008 USA Diving Olympic Team Trials on June 20, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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51 comments so far...

They look like lithe, elegant dancers.

Posted by Lancaster June 25, 08 08:45 AM

Really neat pics

thanks for sharing

Posted by Bluzepher June 25, 08 09:10 AM

Compliments for the pictures! Someone are incredible! I'd like to write a thesis about photojournalism. is one of most important reference in the world.

Posted by David La Tache | photo June 25, 08 09:23 AM

I love the faces that most of them are making, concentrating and exherting themselves.

Posted by Dave Stanford June 25, 08 09:28 AM

Such grace, such beauty, such dignity.

Posted by Choocher June 25, 08 09:29 AM

Amazing pictures. I love the angles on them.

Posted by Jesse June 25, 08 09:34 AM

haha, their expressions are priceless!

Posted by zach June 25, 08 09:37 AM

Always fabulous images. I wish I knew more about the equipment to take them, settings, etc.

What I mean is that to an amateur photographer like me, the story itself is 1/2 the story! How the images were made is the other half, no?

For example... Some of these images were taken from right above the platforms. Was there scaffolding prepared, or was the photographer dangling from ropes! :) What shooting mode allowed a wide selection of images? If high speed (rapid fire) capture, what did the photographer think the right time to start firing away was?

I know this probably is not the forum for this kind of back story. Just curious, though. Who could blame me with these kinds of images (and the rest on the blog/site)?

Thanks so much for making them available to us budding photographers!


Posted by The Z June 25, 08 09:51 AM

Nitpick: There is no such thing as a "3M springboard" - it is a "3m springboard". ;-)

Yes, case matters in the SI system...

Posted by Anonymous June 25, 08 10:01 AM

Ah! I thought is was sponsored by the PostIt Note people...

Posted by Bryan Walls June 25, 08 11:14 AM

thanks for posting these...

Posted by Jeff June 25, 08 11:18 AM

I watched this on TV. The still images are much more compelling. Thanks for the share!

Posted by Brian June 25, 08 12:06 PM

They're cut like greek gods.

Posted by gafoto June 25, 08 12:31 PM

Great combination of grace, strength, and intense concentration. I particularly like the ones set against the sparkling water, for context and contrast.

Posted by Anna Embree June 25, 08 02:19 PM

The last photo has such amazing color.

Posted by christina June 25, 08 02:57 PM

And the last photo shows the vaporization of the water BEFORE the diver's swim due to the Reynolds number that day (I was there.) Should be an awakening for all coaches from the hole-punch school. Those thousands of little bubbles have already been generated due to turbulent flow according to basic fluid mechanics, and a rip will ensue. I've never seen such a well-timed photo of this from this perspective. Thanks!

Posted by Dave Peck June 25, 08 05:29 PM

Great photos

Posted by Jeff June 25, 08 10:11 PM

... Oh god!

Posted by Juancho June 25, 08 10:39 PM

Just Super...Amazing Pics...This is a great help you are doing to the world. Opening new windows to the art of story telling....Keep it going

Posted by Rajarajan June 26, 08 12:51 AM

please please where is all the pictures with the truth about Zimbabwe??

Posted by ladywithlight June 26, 08 03:24 AM

Wow nice pics thank you!!

Posted by anonimo-___9999 June 26, 08 03:49 AM

Incredible photos.... :)

Posted by Louise June 26, 08 03:51 AM

Very amazing photos, nice bodies.


Posted by Alex June 26, 08 06:50 AM

The photographer is a great artist.

Posted by beauty is a blessing June 26, 08 07:26 AM

Lots of things come to mind when i look at the photos:

Thank God he created men, swimming pools, athletes and the photographer that took these photos****


Posted by Rachel Young June 26, 08 07:39 AM

Very cool the expressions on their faces. And the flexed muscles...wish I had muscles like that! :-)

Small correction...this event was hosted at IUPUI - Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, which is in Indianapolis. Indiana University is in Bloomington, Indiana.

Posted by Kendra June 26, 08 10:52 AM

These are gorgeous, and hilarious. The way the water looks is very cool.

Posted by David Crespo June 26, 08 02:08 PM

really nice images, love to watch the dive from the athletes view...thanks:)

Posted by Francisco Muñoz June 26, 08 08:47 PM

lol the faces in these photos are not complimenting the performers.

Sometimes you need to know when to take that shot, that's another challenge when taking fast sport shoots.

Posted by george the dslr master June 27, 08 09:47 AM

for zach, i was there shooting and there's a catwalk way at the top of the building. that's how the photogs got shots from above.

i shot high speed right when they went off the platform. it was all about following the divers and anticipating where they were going to be.

hope that offers a little insight.

Posted by sarah June 29, 08 01:58 AM


Posted by Javan June 29, 08 03:46 PM

Incredible timing on the last photo to capture the diver's entry without much splash! Really amazing detail and artistic framing with the color and different textures on the water.


If you want some really funny facial pics... try getting the front view of the diver right when they are on the end of the springboard, reversing direction from pushing the board down to riding the board on the way up... all the muscles and skin pull downward... for some very funny expressions! :o)
(P.S. - I'm an old, ex nationally competitive diver)

Posted by Julie July 1, 08 10:50 AM

I was THERE! Your photos are fantastic! You really were up in the crow's nest for these shots. So inspiring! and great to use for talking to future divers concerning form, intensity, etc involved with the sport. Glad someone covered the athletes from these angles rather than the conventional format.

Posted by Deborah July 2, 08 11:02 AM

Amazing photos, I'll have a look around to see if there's more details about how the photos were taken.

Posted by keith July 8, 08 01:17 AM

These photos are so clear I can see how out of shape I am.

Posted by eric fickes July 12, 08 01:12 AM

Verry HOT . wish them the best of luck !!!!!

Posted by Jon Mckitrick July 12, 08 12:34 PM

OMG, great shots.. I'm more motivated than ever to keep at it. Taking photos that is.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kirk July 23, 08 03:14 AM

its cool u guys got smooth bodies and a deep dive very cool. and I'M 10 years old
how cool its that. my birthday just past July the 15 1998 .

Posted by marquasha July 24, 08 12:11 AM

i can't say any thing just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Eulogio August 11, 08 04:06 PM

pleas send me picture of photo womans swiming of olimpic2008

Posted by mehdi August 14, 08 12:40 AM

wow they look like they fell off

Posted by karly August 18, 08 08:50 AM

I love Diving i'm even doing a project about it

Posted by Missiy Mae =) August 19, 08 09:58 PM

those people are freaks

Posted by bob August 26, 08 09:16 AM

they r so awesome i wont to dive just like them

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Posted by fred February 11, 09 03:01 PM

i want one of does for me.... lol

Posted by will March 19, 09 01:54 PM

The photo of Terry Horner entering the water...sensational!

Posted by Paula Rey May 13, 09 07:50 PM

WOW! i need to learn that

Posted by DIANA September 14, 09 07:20 PM
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