With a recurring event such as the Summer Olympics, which brings out thousands of athletes every four years, there are bound to be a few names and faces that stick out from the crowd. One such athlete, Tom Daley, is making a triumphant return to the 2016 Rio Olympics after an impressive showing in the 2012 London games. While the British diver may not have the home-field advantage he had in 2012, Daley attending this year's Olympics promises to be a triumphant return to the international stage. Everyone's eyes are going to be on the diving superstar when he competes, but when is Tom Daley's event in the Olympics schedule?
The Rio Olympics Diving Schedule seems to have placed Daley's diving category – the Men's 10m Platform – on the tail-end of the multi-week listing. Daley will be leaping off the diving board on Friday, Aug. 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET for the Men's 10m Platform Preliminaries. If he makes it past that, which is likely considering he won a bronze medal in 2012, Daley will compete again at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 for the Men's 10m Platform Semifinals. He could even possibly return that same day for the Men's 10m Platform Finals at 3:30 p.m. ET.
While there's plenty of diving between the start of the Olympics on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Daley's events, there are plenty of ways to fuel your excitement for the diver's return to the Olympic board. Here's a small taste of what to expect from Daley when his events come around.
The Debut Of The "Firework" Dive
Since London, Daley has been working with his coach to develop a whole new dive to showcase in Rio. The "firework" dive, as Daley refers to it, features him performing a series of somersaults before executing a twist just before he hits the water. Daley says in the video above that this type of dive has never been performed during the 10m Platform event, making it a big risk to present to the judges. However, he is hoping that the unique dive will excite the judges enough to help him bring home a medal.
Yet Another British Championship
Daley has won numerous British diving competitions, contributing to his massive 24 gold medals from national and international events. His appearance in the 2015 British Championships showed Daley practicing his signature "firework" dive, as well as many other forms of diving. His performance in this competition serves as a reminder as to why he is considered one of the best divers in the world.
He's Got An Amazing Story
Daley, just like every Olympic athlete, worked hard to get where he is today. For being only 22, he has already built an amazing legacy for himself as a diver and as a human being. His personal Youtube channel features glimpses into his humble and welcoming personality, making him the perfect example of what it means to be an Olympic athlete.
Daley's already one of the top divers in the world, so there's a lot of pressure on him to give a good performance in Rio. He's been working hard since the London Olympics to keep sharp, and the date is finally coming where he will have the chance to showcase his athletic prowess to the whole world once again. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics, meaning all you have to do is clear your schedule for the weekend of Aug. 19 to ensure that you won't miss a moment of Daley's triumphant Olympic return.