British journalist report that the problems with pressure management might stop Qiu Bo, diving Rio Olympics superstar, from winning the gold.
He brings perfection into the diving of today. His performances are celebration of sports and artistic techniques. In a few words Qui Bo is “the” diver of our time. He is invincible on the 10 meters diving platform for three World Championships in a row. Yet, Qui Bo still lacks an Olympic gold.
At the London Olympic Games in 2012, as online sportsbooks in US note, the golden medal simply didn’t want to go in Qui Bo’s hands. Although Qui Bo was a main favorite for the gold due to the pressuring Boudia he made a small mistake in the last round. Namely, both he and David Boudia had a same last dive: a back two-and-a-half somersault with two-and-a-half twists, something which Qui Bo never misses. Yet, in London he did. The 19 years old emerging super-star thus, remained second with only 1.8 points behind the American David Boudia, who won the gold with 568.65
Incredible pressure for Qiu Bo before the Rio Olympics 2016
On the Rio Olympics, Qui Bo comes as an absolute favorite for the gold again. As British media claim this brings several disadvantages for the young Chinese superstar. Although pretty confident in his performances throughout the year, the pressure that Qui Bo bears from the public seems to be immense. On every Olympics the Chinese divers face the pressure of winning all the medals in the diving competition. A pressure that can certainly be counter-productive. This is exactly what happened to him on the Olympics in London. And the question is now: can he cope with this pressure in Rio?
The Rio 2016 Olympics seem to be a different story. He is more experienced and more confident, the winning of the big competitions became somehow a routine for him. However his inability to cope with the pressure is a problem. And this is reflected in the evaluations of internet betting sites in Australia, such as Sportsbets which place Qui Bo on the second place of favorites with 2.30 betting odds for winning the competition. His compatriot Chen Aisen is considered to be the favorite number one with 2.00 while far behind these two is the third favorite, the British diving superstar Tom Daley with 7.5.