Diver Has The Right Attitude About His Embarrassing High Dive

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Thedive happened at 3-meter individual springboard competition at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore back in 2015, but it’s still being shared today.

First,John Elmerson Fabriga seemed to slip on the high dive and land on his back. Then his diving partner, JD, followed up. He landed feet first.They finished last and second-to-last in the competition.

At least they had one another for comfort. You can see them bonding over their slips in the hot tub afterword in this clip!

What may have crushed the spirit of some divers rolled like water of a duck’s back for JD. In a Facebook post, he wrote:

This was the first time I felt this great intense pressure. Hooo, one event is over. One more to go. I failed one dive and the rest of my dives were sh—— than what i did during the training. But at least it was a nice experience. Great crowd, great people. I can actually tell myself that i overcame the extraordinary.

Hard to believe that sort of cool-as-a-cucumber perspective comes from a diver who is just 17 years old!

I hope to see him competing – and winning – sometime soon. I think this guy has a ton of potential! We’ve captured JD’s incredibly mature response plus we’ve included the actual dive videoat the bottom of the article.


Before the dive went viral, perhaps knowing that it would, JD posted a recap of what happened for his Facebook friends.

His fans were super supportive of the young athlete.


The young men both were given the lowest scores possible for their dives. They came in last and second to last.


John Elmerson Fabriga seems distressed, but you can see JD already laughing it off in the background. I wish I could have the same attitude about failure!

Check out the young men diving in the video clip below. The best part, in my opinion, is when they pat each other on the backs afterword. To be honest, the only reason I ever watch sports is to see the sportsmanship and the camaraderie.


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