‘Døds’ or alive: defying gravity in Norway’s ‘death diving’

Around 40 divers converged in the capital, Oslo, in mid-August for the annual world championship of the sport, officially known by its Norwegian name of døds, meaning death.

Some svelte and muscular, others paunchy and tattooed, nearly all the competitors are Norwegian, apart from a few from Sweden, Spain, Denmark and Finland.

At first glance, it might look like just another belly flop competition. But death diving requires an element of skill.

Jumping off a 10-metre (33-foot) tower, competitors perform a stunt, holding the…
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