The Mexican talent Jonathan Paredes has opened this year's account with a victory in the USA by performing a near-perfect winning dive for four 10s and a 9 from the judges in 2016's first of nine stops. This high-score has only been achieved once in the 50 stops before – from the 27-metre platform on the Danish Opera House in the heart of the capital city Copenhagen in 2013. Pumped with confidence, the World Series frontrunner knows how to deal with the Nordic challenges.
"The challenge here is the weather, absolutely. The conditions are not always the best and the cold weather affects our muscles. However, I've set my mind set accordingly and I'm ready for whatever comes," explains the 26-year-old while he enjoys the view from the 90m-high Church of our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirka) prior to the World Series' second stop on Saturday. "My personal goal is to dive perfectly and to keep the lead. I feel pretty calm and relaxed as I stick to my tried and trusted dives. This gives me the confidence that I can deal better with the challenges here."
After a thrilling opening to the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on American soil, the action moves to Europe where the men continue their tour in Copenhagen. The season's most northerly venue provides the 14 athletes with a panoramic view of the royal palace, Amalienborg, and the adjacent domed Marble Church when mounting the 27-metre platform on this landmark's cantilever roof for the third time after 2013 and 2015.
"So far I've never made the podium here and I definitely want to change that this year!" The winners of the previous competitions in this location, Russia's Artem Silchenko and five-time overall champion Gary Hunt from Great Britain, will try and prevent a Mexican back-to-back win. Both hold aces up their sleeves: Silchenko is the athlete who nailed his signature dive for an all-time record score in Red Bull Cliff Diving history here in Copenhagen three years ago, while Hunt owns the world's most difficult dive. Nothing to unnerve Mexico's 'ripping machine' Paredes, who usually slices through the water with no splash: "My dive list might be easy, but I can rip all four of them for really high scores. So all I have to do is dive as always."
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