Lysanne Richard

Canada

Lysanne Richard

Canada

"The first things I look for at any pool are the springboards." Well, obviously this habit is a friendly helper for her success.

Only two women have won in 2016 and Lysanne Richard was one of them. An astonishing season for the 35-year-old ended with the 2nd place in the overall ranking right behind an untouchable Rhiannan Iffland. Out of her five podium finishes two went straight to the top.

Coming almost out of nowhere, the Canadian took the challenges of propelling herself from the 21m-platform in acrobatic grace with a smile and is definitely a main challenger for the 2017 Women's World Series title. As a graduate from the National Circus School of Montreal, the lively Canadian is more than capable of juggling her job as a character and acrobat at Cirque du Soleil, being a successful cliff diver and three-time mom - the craziest thing she's ever 'done'.

"I've trained a lot, I improved, I am confident," the 162cm small powerhouse says about the upcoming season, "this is what I want to do; I am where I want me to be. I am grateful for this adventure. We will have the time of our life!"