Lena Hentschel, the 15-Year-Old German Diving Prodigy | Heroes of the Future

Lena Hentschel, the 15-Year-Old German Diving Prodigy | Heroes of the Future


It’s like a roller coaster. It goes up,
but then it can go down again. And then you have to
push yourself up again and I think
I’m quite good at that. (HEROES OF THE FUTURE) (LENA HENTSCHEL 15 YEARS OLD
DIVING GERMANY) (BERLIN, GERMANY) My name is Lena Hentschel.
I’m 15 years old. I’m a diver. My biggest dream is Tokyo 2020. (EUROPA SPORT PARK
BERLIN, GERMANY) Diving is a mix
of different sports, and that’s what I really like. (COMPETITIVE DIVING
WAS FIRST PRACTICED AS A SPORT (IN THE 18TH CENTURY) (DIVING WAS INCLUDED
IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN 1904) Since very early, Lena went
with Grit to baby swimming. Then at three she got
her seahorse certificate, which was incredible,
and we had to do something. (LENA STARTED
WHEN SHE WAS 5 YEARS OLD) The first thing I remember
is my first competition, because I immediately got
my first gold medal. She has good conditions
for diving. She is small, fast and strong.
She’s motion talented. During land training we do pit, trampoline, acrobatics. My strength is my speed,
definitely. (COMPETITIVE DIVING
IS INFLUENCED BY GYMNASTICS) For me, the best jump group
is the one of reverse dives. You stand forward
and jump back to the board. (SHE DOES 500 DIVES EVERY WEEK) During the preparation,
you relax your shoulders. You must maintain the tension
and keep straight. She has charisma,
she can convey her personality and she is a jumper
who can achieve very, very high ratings. There is an Italian diver.
Her name is Tania Cagnotto. I admire her beautiful jumps. She has a parade dive: the two and a half
reverse dive. I’ve done it, too. For six months, I had
problems with my shoulder. I was in pain and it sometimes
slipped out of place. And it just got worse. I still jumped from the tower
and the pain was even worse. For a time, Lena had problems
showing her best and most beautiful jumps
during competition. I sat there crying
because I was in pain, but I wanted to compete, I wanted to start there. And then I got
another gold medal. I was so happy for her
I even cried tears of joy. Without my family I couldn’t have come so far. They’ve always supported me. We love her, whether she wins or not, she’s our Lena. Lena is normal and natural.
I’m happy if it stays that way. My major goal is to be
at the 2020 Olympics. If things carry on like this,
it could really happen. (LENA WON GOLD
IN THE 1M AND 3M SPRINGBOARD (IN THE 2016 EUROPEAN
JUNIOR DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS (IN RIJEKA, CROATIA) (SHE HAS WON 21 COMPETITIONS (IN THE GERMAN JUNIOR
CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE 2012)

29 Comments on “Lena Hentschel, the 15-Year-Old German Diving Prodigy | Heroes of the Future”

  1. The first time I went on a springy dive board I accidentally bellyflopping and got a bleeding nose 😂

  2. Love it how she is telling about that special jump from the italian, double gainer piked but in the video they show a 2 1/2 front piked with a full twist 😀

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