18th April 2013
Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley admits he’s mixing things up in pursuit of gold at this weekend’s FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Edinburgh.
The 18-year old is the star attraction in Sunday’s 10m Platform event at the Royal Commonwealth Pool and will be competing at a senior international for the first time since London 2012.
While Daley’s successful dive list during 2012 led him to overall World Series and European gold as well as his Olympic bronze, the Brit insists he’s changed his approach to each of his six dives as well as the order of his list.
After the Olympics is a time for everyone to break down their dives and go back to basics.
And with this summer’s World Championships in Barcelona rising quickly on the horizon, Daley insists he’s desperate to gauge his progress on the international stage.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend as it will be my first senior international since the Olympics and it will be interesting to see how it goes,” said Daley.
“After the Olympics is a time for everyone to break down their dives and go back to basics and that’s what I’ve tried to do.
“I’ve broken down every single one of my dives and now I’m trying to get them back to a consistent level. It’s all about trying new things this year and I’ll be trying a different order of dives as well this weekend.”
While Daley landed World Junior gold less than two months after London 2012, he admits he struggled with the emotional comedown following the Olympics.
It's always good to get a bit of practice in which could give you the edge over your rivals.
But with the defence of his Commonwealth title to look forward to next season, Daley insists he’s looking forward to testing the waters of the 2014 Commonwealth Games diving venue in Edinburgh.
“It’s great for us to be diving here because next year the Commonwealth Games will be here,” said Daley.
“It’s always good to get a bit of practice in which could give you the edge over your rivals.
“It’s been tough for all athletes after the Olympic Games – you have a crash and you have to build yourself back up again. All I knew was London 2012 and it was hard to see past it.
“But for me now it’s been about breaking my dives down to try and get better and better and I’ve been working my socks off in the pool to try and be the best that I can be.”
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