High diving, Gary Hunt at Roma 2022: the man who plays the piano, does tap dancing and dreams of "breaking all limits"
He says that he "dreams of breaking all limits." But he also says that simple things like music, piano and languages are his true passions. The high diving competition at the European championships in Rome has started, and diving in the pool with the Olympic stadium in the background, there is Gary Hunt, one of the strong favourites. Yesterday, after the first required dive, the Frenchman was in second place between Romania's Catalin-Petru Pedra and Constantin Popovici, who were first and third respectively, with the latter sharing the position with Italy's Andrea Barnabà and Alessandro De Rose. Turned 38 years old in June, born in London but now a naturalised Frenchman, he has collected an impressive amount of victories in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series: eight world titles, 39 wins and 66 podiums out of 79 total events. He started diving from 3m and 10m, and then decided to change his path in order to try "to break limits like nobody has ever done before." His idol is a legend, Orlando Duque, the Colombian athlete who entered the Guinness Book of Records thanks to his 34-metre dives: a man without fear Gary Hunt, who loves tap dancing and, most importantly, admitted to being afraid of heights. But only when there is no water underneath. In those occasions, fear is not allowed.
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