"The goal is to qualify for the Olympics and be the best in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series." If you ever wondered what dedication and commitment look like, meet Constantin Popovici.
After earning the first ever permanent ticket for a Romanian athlete during the FINA World Cup for the 2019 World Series, the 31-year-old catapulted himself into contention for the King Kahekili trophy after a stunning start to the season saw him claim second place and a victory in his first two starts. Unfortunately for him, and for all cliff diving fans, the prospect of a thrilling title fight was scuppered when 'Costa' broke a bone in his foot after a freak slip before competition at the third stop in Italy.
A fairy tale return to action during the Mostar-leg added the next chapter to the yet short but successful career: a perfect dive, becoming only the second athlete in the World Series to receive all 10s from the judges, and victory number two in three attempts.
What clearly sets Bucharest-based Popovici apart from others though, apart from his unerring ability from 27m, is that he's also still competing as a professional 10m diver. In 2020, the self-proclaimed 'doer' has set himself a grand goal: to become the best in both disciplines.
His commitment has not only earned him the respect of his fellow divers but also his own mini-series 'Persistence: The Constantin Popovici Story' on Red Bull TV, which offers an exclusive insight into his life and training regime as he targets qualification to Tokyo 2020 and prepares for the new cliff diving season by learning big air snowboarding.