Plain diving was first introduced into the Olympics at the 1904 event.

The 1908 Olympics in London added 'fancy diving' and introduced elastic boards rather than fixed platforms.

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This tradition evolved into 'fancy diving', while diving as a preliminary to swimming became known as 'Plain diving'.

In England, the practice of high diving – diving from a great height – gained popularity; the first diving stages were erected at the Highgate Ponds at a height of 15 feet in 1893 and the first world championship event, the National Graceful Diving Competition, was held there by the Royal Life Saving Society in 1895.

Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, usually while performing acrobatics.

Diving is an internationally recognized sport that is part of the Olympic Games.

Dmitri Sautin holds the record for most Olympic diving medals won, by winning eight medals in total between 19.

Although diving has been a popular pastime across the world since ancient times, the first modern diving competitions were held in England in the 1880s.

Competitive athletes are divided by gender, and often by age group.

In platform events, competitors are allowed to perform their dives on either the five, seven and a half (generally just called seven), nine, or ten meter towers.

In major international events, there are seven judges in which case the highest and lowest scores are again discarded and the middle five are summed, then multiplied by , and multiplied by the DD, so as to provide consistent comparison with 5-judge events.