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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He made the fans go wild in Switzerland. The absolute crowd favourite might have only two stops to his name, but his outgoing character is already burnt into everybody's memory.

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.

Alberto Devora (Spain)

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Spain's Alberto Devora was in Polignano a Mare to train from the 27m platform when he received the wildcard ticket following Constantin Popovici's withdrawal due to injury. As the second athlete from Spain, the 26-year-old gets a chance to prove his talent..

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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All eyes were on him, when Aidan stepped to the edge of the 27m platform during the final in Italy to become the youngest ever person to compete in a World Series event. A goal the 16-year-old has worked most of his diving career for following his heroes since the age of 9.

Nathan Jimerson (USA)

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The father of two has always had a strong passion for diving from great heights, once he made the switch from gymnastics to diving half his life ago. Not long after he started performing high diving and Russian swing in shows eight years ago, he had the word 'highdiver' tattooed on his neck.

Jucelino Junior (Brazil)

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The 35-year-old, who competed as a permanent diver in the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series after first making his cliff diving debut in 2009, served notice of his talent at the final stop of 2014 in Mexico when he placed seventh - his best finish to date.

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.

Slavik Kolesnikov (Ukraine)

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Slavik Kolesnikov only launched his cliff diving career in 2017, but his debut appearances have earned him at least one more for 2019.

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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His reputation preceded him, so when Catalin finally earned his spot in the World Series the judges, sports director and even the most decorated athletes watched him closely. The athlete from Bucharest didn't disappoint. With a brand new and highly complex dive he finished his first competition on 3rd place.

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.