Eleanor Townsend Smart of the USA was the best performer of those not already qualified for 2019 during the FINA High Diving World Cup in Abu Dhabi last November, meaning she too earns that golden ticket to join the 6-woman list this season. She finished third in the World Cup behind two stars of the women's competition, Rhiannan Iffland and Lysanne Richard, and at just 23-years-old, she will be the youngest permanent diver on the tour in 2019.
An ambitious personality with high goals, 'Ellie' would want to be Oprah Winfrey for a day: "She's such an amazing woman and philanthropist. I love all the work she is doing around the globe and hope that one day I can make such an impact! It would be awesome to be in her shoes for a day!"
With her 'Clean Cliffs Project', whose mission it is to prevent plastic pollution and inspire others to take action, she's set a first step towards making a point as well as a difference.
For her first season as a permanent athlete, the only American female has a few different types of goals: "My 'outcome goals' would be to finish top three at both the World Championships and Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. I'd also want to win my first World Series stop! Then I have 'performance goals', I want to be the first girl to compete four twists and do back double quad. I also just want to become more consistent in competitions."