Wildcards - Men

Matthias Appenzeller

At each stop during the 2019 season, the ten permanent male divers will be joined by four wildcard divers. Although different wildcards will compete at different events, and some will appear more than others, they can each earn points and ranking in exactly the same way as the permanent athletes.

Matthias Appenzeller (Switzerland)

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The 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was the first year Matthias Appenzeller was invited as a wildcard. The 25-year-old diver from Switzerland had his first World Series appearance during the competition on home soil in Sisikon.

Alessandro De Rose (Italy)

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After a stunning 2017 season earned him permanent status, Alessandro De Rose couldn't repeat that form last season and will once again appear as a wildcard in 2019.

Orlando Duque (Colombia)

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After finishing outside the top 10 for the first time in 2018, cliff diving legend Orland Duque will appear as a wildcard during the 2019 season.

Nikita Fedotov (Russia)

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The first ever wildcard to debut with a podium finish - the Russian might become the next rising star of the World Series. All eyes will be on the 23-year-old this season.

Miguel Garcia (Colombia)

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Since his 7th-place finish on home soil during the 2015 season opener in Cartagena, the 28-year-old from Colombia has drawn some attention to himself. Born and bred in the same place as cliff diving legend Orlando Duque, Miguel Garcia will get his chance to prove his talent in the World Series' anniversary season.

Carlos Gimeno (Spain)

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The 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was the first year Carlos Gimeno was invited as a wildcard.
The 30-year-old proved his skills in Bilbao, Spain.

Sergio Guzman (Mexico)

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Sergio Guzman won his first event in Japan in 2016, but was forced to return to wildcard status after finishing 11th in 2017.

Aidan Heslop (GBR)

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The 16-year-old Brit made his World Series debut during the season finale in Polignano a Mare, Italy in the anniversary year 2018. Aidan is the youngest ever competitor.

Nathan Jimerson (USA)

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The 31-year-old American athlete made his World Series debut at the sixth stop in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the anniversary year 2018.

Alain Kohl (Luxembourg)

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Former World Series athlete Alain Kohl was forced into wildcard status after 2012, after missing requalification before season V. However, the multilingual Luxembourgian has never stopped pushing his diving skills and we'll see him on top of the 27m-platform this coming summer.

Viktar Maslouski (Belarus)

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As the first diver from Belarus, the 26-year-old Minsk based athlete will once again launch from the 27m platform.

Kyle Mitrione (USA)

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The 31-year-old is a long term wildcard on the World Series and will once again provide strong support to the US team from the 27-metre platform in 2019.

Catalin Preda (Romania)

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The 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was the first year Catalin Preda was invited as a wildcard.
He proved his skills at his debut in Mostar, finishing runner-up to Gary Hunt.

Artem Silchenko (Russia)

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The former World Series champion was forced into Wildcard status following a difficult 2016 season, despite winning in Polignano a Mare.

Owen Weymouth (Great Britain)

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20-year-old Owen Weymouth is the 20m European champion. His first showing from almost three times the Olympic diving platform height was at the illustrious venue of the 2016 final showdown in the Dubai Marina during the first-ever night even in the history of Red Bull Cliff Diving. Owen will continue living his cliff diving dream in 2019.