Former US national 10m champion David Colturi became the youngest diver to appear in a full World Series in 2012 following successful qualification from Australia and went from strength to strength in his debut season to finish 5th overall. Having first competed as a wildcard in Boston in 2011, and showing a glimpse of his talent, the 27-year-old achieved his first World Series podium a year later at his home event. The L.A. based athlete made good on his early promise with a first World Series win in Malcesine, in Italy, in July 2013, and though an ankle injury sustained afterwards affected his performances he was still able to secure a fifth-placed finish overall.
The World Series' sunny boy, set his stall out early in 2014, doing lead-ups for the famed triple quad - a dive with a degree of difficulty of 6.2 that only World Series champion Gary Hunt had been able to master until then. Inevitably, performing the complex dive in competition produced some up-and-down results, but David Colturi saved his best performance for last, securing fifth place overall. From 2nd to 10th was his range of results in the previous season and thus made him finish in – what a surprise – 5th overall for the fourth time in a row.
As this cannot be the goal for a talented cliff diver, the American used the off-season to work on a new dive – the reverse double with 5 twists, the hardest dive in the sport to date – and to look for the 'magic' key to success: "The reality is it takes hard work, dedication, and resilience to succeed in this sport. Throughout the offseason I've had three words as my mantra: healthy, strong, and prepared. I'll be keeping these with me, mentally and physically, and that's why this is MY year!"