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September 3, 2010

Diving in

As summer begins to wind down, the temperature still remains high in some places (in the Northern hemisphere, of course). Cool waters call out to those who would leap in, momentarily letting gravity have its way with them, pulling them down as they flail, shout or twist. Collected here are a handful of photos of divers around the world, showing their professional artistry, daredevil bravado, or just simple joy as they take the plunge. (36 photos total)

Alves Jucelino of Brazil dives 25m (82 ft) from the top of Roche Dam during the World Cup Cliff Diving Race in Bardonecchia, about 100km (65 mi) northwest of Turin, northern Italy on August 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

A swimmer jumps into the sea in the Stanley district of Hong Kong on August 4, 2010. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) #

An unidentified athlete dives from the 27 meter platform into the cenote or sinkhole during training in the lead up round 2 of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving world series, Saturday June 5 2010 at the Cenote Ik Kil, near Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico on June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Vincent Curutchet, DPPI) #

Dana Vollmer jumps in as she swims the women's 200 meter freestyle at the U.S. championships swim meet on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in Irvine, California. Allison Schmitt won the event and Vollmer took second. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #

A man jumps into a river to catch ducks during a duck-catching competition held by the Chengdu Water Sports School in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China on August 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

Thomas Daley of Britain prepares to dive in the youth men's 3m springboard preliminary round at the Youth Olympic Games 2010 in Singapore on August 22, 2010. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Oleksandr Bondar of the Ukraine competes in the final of the Youth Men's 3m Springboard diving competition on day eight of the Youth Olympics at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex on August 22, 2010 in Singapore. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images) #

A combination photo shows six of the finalists of the men's 10-meter platform diving competing at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) August 24, 2010. The finalists shown are (top row l-r) Canada's Marc Sabourin-Germain, Venezuela's Robert Paez and Ukraine's Oleksandr Bondar and (bottom row l-r) China's Qiu Bo, Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang and Germany's Tim Pyritz. (REUTERS/Tim Chong) #

Liu Jiao of China emerges after competing in the women's 3m springboard rounds at the Youth Olympic Games held on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #

Germany's Tim Pyritz dives during the men's 10m platform diving preliminary at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games on August 24, 2010. (REUTERS/Tim Chong) #

Eber Pava of Colombia dives from the 26.5 meter platform during round four of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Polignano a Mare, Italy on August 8, 2010. (Romina AMATO/AFP/Getty Images) #

A labrador plunges into the sea with its instructor during a patrol at Riva dei Tarquini in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 100km north of Rome on August 22, 2010. This summer, Italy discovered a special squad of rescue workers: some 300 dogs ready to help save lives on dozens of Italian beaches. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Malaysian diver Ooi Tze Liang, right, is silhouetted against the sky while a man walks by during a warm up round at the men's 10m platform diving event at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #

Kent De Mond of the United States prepares for his water entry after diving from the 26.5 meter platform during round five of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving world series in Sisikon, Switzerland. (REUTERS/Dean Treml/Red Bull) #

Robert Paez of Venezuela competes in the preliminary of the Youth Mens 3m Springboard diving competition on August 22, 2010 - day eight of the Youth Olympics at Toa Patoh Swimming Complex in Singapore. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images) #

Qiu Bo of China warms up before the Youth Men's 10m Platform Diving Finals at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday Aug. 24, 2010 in Singapore. Bo later won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #

Ukraine's silver medal winning team Iulia Prokopchuk and Alina Chaplenko make an attempt during the Women's 10m synchronized platform diving final at the Swimming European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) #

Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem competes during the women's 100m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

Angel Miguel Reyes of Colombia competes in the final of the Youth Olympics Mens 3m Springboard diving competition at Toa Patoh Swimming Complex on August 22, 2010 in Singapore. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images) #

A boy dives into the Dambovita river to cool off in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. (AP Photo) #

Anastasia Pozdnyakova of Russia surfaces after diving in the women's 3m springboard preliminaries during the European Swimming Championships in Budapest August 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Balint Meggyesi) #

Chad Houle and Matt Woods jump into the Hoosic River from the Buskirk covered bridge in Buskirk, New York on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) #

Ukraine's Ililya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov dive during the men's Synchro Springboard final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 12, 2010. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Francesco Dell'Uomo competes in the men's 10m platform diving final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest August 15, 2010. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews) #

An Israeli Arab boy jumps into the water in the port of the old city of Akko in northern Israel on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

Children jump from a tower into the Ammersee Lake in Utting, southern Germany on Monday, July 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) #

Michele Bendetti of Italy dives during the 1m Springboard at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest on August 11, 2010. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Jose Antonio Guerra Oliva and Aguirre Manso from Cuba compete in the synchronized platform final at the 16th FINA Diving Grand Prix in Madrid on Sunday, July 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez) #

Helena Econn, 7, jumps off the diving board as she plays in a backyard pool on August 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) #

Abel Ramirez Tellez of Cuba spins while making a dive in the preliminary of the Youth Mens 3m Springboard diving competition on day eight of the Youth Olympics at Toa Patoh Swimming Complex on August 22, 2010 in Singapore. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images) #

A young man dives off the wall of the Galle Fort into the Indian Ocean, in Galle, Sri Lanka on Aug. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #

Members of the Italian team start their performance during the Synchronized Swimming Team Free Routine final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Italy placed fourth. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) #

A foot of a competitor is seen as he and others dive into the sea during the start of the men's triathlon race at the inaugural Youth Olympics on Monday Aug. 16, 2010 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #

Valentina Marocchi of Italy competes in the women's 10m platform diving final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest August 12, 2010. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews) #

Alves Jucelino of Brazil dives 25m (82 ft) from the top of Roche Dam during the World Cup Cliff Diving Race in Bardonecchia, Italy on August 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #

A boy plunges into a swimming pool at the Grugabad - the largest outdoor pool in Essen, Germany on Monday, July 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Keppler) #

 
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