"I feel confident that now is the moment!" says the model athlete from Prague in the lead-up to the competition on June 18. It will be the second of nine 2016 World Series stops and Michal Navratil had a jump start into his eighth year on tour with a third placed-finish in Texas two weeks ago. It was the first podium finish from 28m in four years and now he aims to top his 50th competition with his first career win.
"When I came so close to the first place, I realised that everything's possible", said the energetic 31-year-old, "It's just to do your dives as you trained them all year, have a nice take-off, go through your routine in the air and make a solid entrance. When you hit your dives for 9s, the way to first place is open." Sounds simple, turns out to become a lifetime goal.
A bundle of life and energy, this is how Navratil likes to put his feet up. Photo: Romina Amato/Red Bull Content Pool.
The Czech's record reads like this: 49 starts since 2009, seven podiums, one second place but no win so far. In 2015 he competed with a torn biceps tendon. "I had a quite difficult season last year due to my shoulder injury. My recovery including surgery in the off-season was pretty painful, but now I feel strong again and ready for this year."
And as the season progresses, the athletes gain confidence from almost three times the Olympic diving platform height and find their rhythm. When Michal Navratil, who loves to amaze the crowd with his superman dives after a cliff diving competition, steps onto the 28m platform mounted on the Danish Opera House in Copenhagen this Saturday, he knows what he has to do: "I will polish the mistakes from Texas and hope for a huge crowd to support me. I feel like everything's possible. It's on me!"
The Czech, nicknamed Supratil, is in fine shape and ready to snatch a first victory in his 50th event. Photo: Romina Amato/Red Bull Content Pool.
"After seven seasons in the World Series I finally figured out my dives and I feel confident with them. I'm really happy with my dive list; I have a good level of difficulty. This could be the year of success!" Everything will be revealed this weekend in Denmark during the second stop of the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
This event will be LIVE on June 18 from 12.20 PM GMT on www.redbullcliffdiving.com and Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv
If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.
Note that the live webcast and replay is geo-blocked in the US due to an exclusive broadcast deal with FOX Sports. The event will air on FS1 at 4pm (ET) on July 17.