The four-time Olympic champion from the US follows Niki Stajkovic as the World Series' sports director, after the Austrian sadly passed away in February. 57-year-old Greg Louganis is determined to continue the work of his former Olympic competitor, who has established Red Bull Cliff Diving as the most recognized series of competition ever since its inauguration in 2009. Before the most competitive World Series season begins in June with six global stops in a wide-open championship, FINA has proposed high diving for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The only male to sweep both the 3m and 10m diving events in consecutive Olympic Games ('84 and '88), Greg Louganis, a regular on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series judging panel up until now, has observed the sport's progression over the past years: "This series standardized the sport. The height is always between 21m for the women and 27m for the men; as the most recent adjustment, the degree of difficulty table was amended to the sport's development and implemented by the sports committee in alignment with FINA and secures that all dives are rated according to their difficulty."
In his position as the sports director of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, 5-time world champion Louganis will carry on Stajkovic's work, who's defined improvement and evolution as crucial aspects of the series.
"I am thrilled to be working even more closely with the Red Bull Cliff Diving family, one of the most supportive and creative teams I've had the pleasure of being associated with. Interacting with this extraordinarily talented and elite group of athletes as a judge was already something I cherished, but being able to continue the work of my dear friend, the extraordinary Niki Stajkovic, is both humbling and an honor. I look forward to the 2017 season as we continue to strengthen awareness of cliff diving as the important and pure sport it is."
Besides offering jaw-dropping diving action, the World Series has provided a platform for exhilarating action and dives of ever-growing complexity since 2009. It features elite athletes as well as young up-and-coming talent and a Women's World Series was introduced in 2014. In 2017 the sport's best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during six competitions around the world.
The IOC Olympic Programme Commission makes a decision on new events and disciplines during an Executive Board meeting in July