Yana Nestsiarava was 2019's first competition leader. The Belarussian displayed unerring consistency to post two identical high scores with her first two dives direct from the rock face in the Philippines paradise. Only beaten by the sport's most decorated athlete Rhiannan Iffland, the 27-year-old opened the season on a high note.
Steady lower back pain, an aftermath from a kidney infection back in 2018, denied the Minsk-based diver a constant performance on the highest level, but two more podium finishes kept her in the running for a permanent ticket to dive in 2020.
Taking the easy way is anyway not her style as also when learning to play the guitar, the humble and hearty person would start with the difficult chords. Always keen to challenge herself and learn about new cultures, the eight stops of the upcoming season spread over four continents sound just about right for the self-proclaimed realist.