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'Splash' springs diving into the spotlight

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By Stefanie Bainum

CHARLESTON, S.C (WCIV) -- It's a sight that makes you hold your breath in a sport with a high fear factor. We're talking about diving -- a sport as beautiful as it is difficult.

"For diving it's mostly a mental game," said College of Charleston diver Peter Gibbons. "It's definitely where the challenge comes from. It's definitely physically challenging but that's not the main part of diving. It's definitely the mental challenge that sets us apart."

Gibbons has been diving since he was eight years old. Gibbons endures intense physical preparation in training 20 hours a week with his coach, Stephen Julka.

"Finesse and grace are key components of diving," said Julka. "It takes a lot of power and a lot of strength but the best divers in the world are the ones that have that strength and that power in their diving and can make it look simple and make it look totally effortless and not even trying."

Diving is back in the national spotlight with a new show called ‘Splash.' For the first time, 10 celebrities will train with Olympic divers and compete in platform and springboard diving from dizzying heights.

"Many of us in the diving community have mixed feelings on a show like this. Of course, we are very excited about the attention, we don't normally get a lot of attention outside of Olympic years, and so having diving in the spotlight is very exciting for us," Julka said. "At the same time, we don't want the viewer to get the impression that anyone can get up on a diving board and do the things that we spend years training for."

You can catch ‘Splash' on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC News 4.

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