Urban Cliff Diving Creates Sports Memories In A Historic Town

47,000 Fill Fan Pier as Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Returns to Boston Harbor

Aug 26, 2012, 00:00 ET from Red Bull

BOSTON, Aug. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The sun reflecting off the water in the Boston Harbor didn't deter 13 professional cliff divers from making history today at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Boston stop. In a city rich with American history like the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series brought another honor to the beautiful landscape with its only urban stop on a tour that usually stops in remote worldly locations like volcanic shores, a mystic blowhole and a blue lagoon.

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Tensions were high and competition fierce as the divers from nine different countries including four Americans, took their turn on the 90-foot platform.  Forty seven thousand spectators cheered from the surrounding waterfront, boats and office buildings, carrying the sportive spirit that Boston is known for, for miles around.

UK's Gary Hunt took first place for the second year in Boston while Columbia's Orlando Duque placed second and representing in his home country, David Colturi took home third. Hunt's ability to nail his high difficulty dives was consistent throughout the competition. Orlando Duque's come-from-behind performance after a low ranking in the qualifying round on Friday proved successful.  Team Colturi's roaring fan base definitely helped him land a back armstand 2 1/2 summersaults with three twist free.

Leaving the crowd in awe with his effortless perfection, Gary Hunt stayed on top of his game. "I'm really happy to end up on the podium," says Hunt. "It worked in my favor and Boston is a great place with such a big crowd. I tried to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy it as much as possible."

Returning as a judge for the Boston stop, American diving legend and Olympic gold medal winner, Greg Louganis was again impressed by the skill and consistency of these young divers.

Representing USA and with his own cheering section to prove it, David Colturi and his posse, dubbed Team Colturi, would not be overlooked in this USA stop. "I feel so incredible! It has always been my goal to end up on the podium and I still know that I am new to the sport and have so much to learn, but taking away a good finish is just incredible," says Colturi. "Now I look forward to keeping up the good diving for the rest of the series."

Next stop on the tour is South Wales in UK, where Gary Hunt will have to live up to his reign in front of his home country, then onto the Middle East's Oman for the final stop on the Red Bull World Series.