Long fall, short high: The love and fear of 10-metre diving platforms

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It towers over the water – and dares you. Come on, pluck up your courage and climb the ladder! When you finally reach the top, you’ll have a bird’s eye view. And feel butterflies flutter in your gut. Now jump! Standing on the 10-metre diving platform like the one at Cologne’s Stadium Pool is unforgettable, especially if you take the plunge into the wet blue yonder. In the nearly 100-year history of the swimming complex, countless people have – some fearlessly, some fearfully. Others have only found the courage to jump from the 5- or 7.5-metre platform on either side of the 10. It’s summertime …

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