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There is something deeply wrong here. I finished in 5th position in the last WC - but I am not the 5th best CNF freediver in the world this week.
Well you might shrug your shoulders and say: well you announced well. These are the rules of the game. It is the same for all athletes.



But I say NO! Change the game. There must be better ways to find out who is the best. Just because we have done it one way for many years does not mean we cannot change.

In The Nordic Deep. competition you have TWO tries in every category: length, depth and time and you chose your best performance in each category. More dives and room for a failure.

WC could do something like this, have higher criterias and let fewer athletes compete with more dives.

SUGGESTION:
1) Only one person per country (sex/discpline).
2) Add on all persons CWT 80+ (65+ women).
3) Maximum 50-60 athletes.
4) Each diver has three dives.
5) In the end they only count their deepest.

COMMENTS:
If you BO, you must repeat the same depth (or shallower) again.
If you have two BO in a row youmay not start a third time.
No penalties for turning early.
Let the newbies train in smaller comps and give more room for the best to compete more times.

And the rules - there are too many of them. Makes no sense for media and audience (I know we talked about this before). In april 2008 we are a group of people that will try a freedive competition under totaly new rules. Less than 10 rules - more info on that soon.

It would also be very easy to have two extra local E-judges: handling dopingtests, videochecks and update ranking. The five judges have their hands full and are tired.

2007-11-04 07:56:05 | Sebastian
Comments:

It seems you have a preconcieved and a bit naive view that it is a prewritten hard fact of nature which divers are the best and that the world championship is there to find them. I do not think this is the case, who is the best will vary from day to day and from situation to situation. With a new set of rules we will simply find the athlete that is best under those circumstanses, ie the best diver within three dives. In any sport the misstake factor is present and it is almost impossible to find who is the most skilled athlete. Who is the best is an OPINION and something that develops under an even longer period of time, almost like a historical statement. One athlete can "incidentally" end up in 5th place even though there are better divers, but that will allways be the case with any rules. Who is the best is a matter of definition. If you take it to the extremes, who is the best diver? The one who hits one 90m dive in two hundred tries rest BO or the one who hits 89m in every try? Or do we simply find the best diver by analyzing the ranking in the end of the year? The world cup is a competition like any other and you will only find who is the best within the rules, the existing or others. A competition can only be designed tell who is the best there and then with the setup available. I agree however that one dive is not enough. Maybe having heats, semi finals and finals will show who can perform more consistantly at a high level? My definition of being a good diver is to be able to perform when it matters under almost any conditions, repeatedly. I like your ideas about restricting the participation however. It will give the competition a more exclusive status.
2007-11-04 14:16:17
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Per
I wrote this, forgot to sign.
2007-11-04 14:17:06
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Sebastian
I found your statements all good, but still think my idea for a WC a better WC. What I proposed is to find out exactly that which I proposed - who is the best diver after three dives. No more no less. Which WC do you prefer? The existing one or the one I describe?
2007-11-05 18:47:14
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Per
I am not quite sure actually. I see advantages with both ways. The old way makes you think two times before announcing, that might not bee the case if you get another try. BUT since having a blackout is no good way to prepare yourself mentally for a second dive people might not announce over the top anyway. Weightlifting use a similar competition setup as you describe and that seems to work. Would the new rules allow setting a deeper depth if the dive was failed, not due to a blackout, but to an early turn or a rule violation?
2007-11-05 19:26:59
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Per
I am not quite sure actually. I see advantages with both ways. The old way makes you think two times before announcing, that might not bee the case if you get another try. BUT since having a blackout is no good way to prepare yourself mentally for a second dive people might not announce over the top anyway. Weightlifting use a similar competition setup as you describe and that seems to work. Would the new rules allow setting a deeper depth if the dive was failed, not due to a blackout, but to an early turn or a rule violation?
2007-11-05 19:27:18
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Martin H
Being a beginner I have no foundation in thinking anything :) but I must say that the way it is now,is really confusing to "beginners" And it seems odd ? Anyway, great website,and lots of nice things to read and watch..
2007-11-22 19:51:46
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