Wildcards - Men

Artem Silchenko

At each stop during the 2018 season, the ten permanent male divers will be joined by four wildcard divers. Although different wildcards will compete at different events, and some will appear more than others, they can each earn points and ranking in exactly the same way as the permanent athletes.

Matthias Appenzeller (Switzerland)


The 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is the first year Matthias Appenzeller will be invited as a wildcard. The 24-year-old diver from Switzerland will have his first World Series appearance during the competition on home soil in Sisikon.

Nikita Fedotov (Russia)


The first ever wildcard to debut with a podium finish - the Russian might become the next rising star of the World Series. All eyes will be on the 22-year-old this season.

Miguel Garcia (Colombia)


Since his 7th-place finish on home soil during the 2015 season opener in Cartagena, the 27-year-old from Colombia has drawn some attention to himself. Born and bred in the same place as cliff diving legend Orlando Duque, Miguel Garcia will get his chance to prove his talent in the World Series' anniversary season.

Carlos Gimeno (Spain)


The 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is the first year Carlos Gimeno will be invited as a wildcard.
In June the 29-year-old will get the opportunity to prove his skills in Bilbao, Spain.

Sergio Guzman (Mexico)


Sergio Guzman won his first event in Japan in 2016, but was forced to return to wildcard status after finishing 11th in 2017.

Aidan Heslop (GBR)


The 16-year-old Brit will make his World Series debut during the season finale in Polignano a Mare, Italy in the anniversary year 2018. Aidan will be the youngest ever competitor.

Nathan Jimerson (USA)


The 31-year-old American athlete will make his World Series debut at the sixth stop in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the anniversary year 2018.

Alain Kohl (Luxembourg)


Former World Series athlete Alain Kohl was forced into wildcard status after 2012, after missing requalification before season V. However, the multilingual Luxembourgian has never stopped pushing his diving skills and we'll see him on top of the 27m-platform this coming summer.

Viktar Maslouski (Belarus)


As the first diver from Belarus, the 25-year-old Minsk based athlete will once again launch from the 27m platform.

Kyle Mitrione (USA)


The 30-year-old is a long term wildcard on the World Series and will once again provide strong support to the US team from the 27-metre platform in 2018.

Constantin Popovici (Romania)


Constantin Popovici is a former Olympic diver, and the 29-year-old Romanian will make his World Series debut at the fifth stop of the 2018 season in Copenhagen.

Catalin Preda (Romania)


The 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is the first year Catalin Preda will be invited as a wildcard.
In September he will get the opportunity to prove his skills in Mostar.

Oleksiy Prygorov (Ukraine)


The 30-year-old diver from the Ukraine is a 2008 Olympic bronze-medallist from the 3m springboard (synchro) and had his first World Series appearance in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, last season.

Artem Silchenko (Russia)


The former World Series champion was forced into Wildcard status following a difficult 2016 season, despite winning in Polignano a Mare. In his second season as an invitee the powerful Russian will need to be in much better form in order to work himself back into the permanent divers list for 2019.

Owen Weymouth (Great Britain)


19-year-old Owen Weymouth is the 20m European champion, and the youngest athlete ever who's taken part in a World Series competition. His first showing from almost three times the Olympic diving platform height was at the illustrious venue of the 2016 final showdown in the Dubai Marina during the first-ever night even in the history of Red Bull Cliff Diving. After appearing at two stops in 2017, Owen will continue living his cliff diving dream in 2018.