Photographer Stefan Wermuth had the opportunity to cover a training session of Britain’s future Olympic diving hopefuls at the Crystal Palace Diving Club in London. China’s divers are currently dominating the sport. They won all the gold medals at last year’s world championships. The British diving club decided to recruit Chinese coaches seven years ago when London won the bid to stage the 2012 Olympics. Now, 15 of the approximately 460 children in the program are in the top England talent squad.

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Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of Crystal Palace diving club shower during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Howard practices during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A member of Crystal Palace diving club dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Betty Burk from the Crystal Palace diving club dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Ryan Bartlett dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A member of Crystal Palace diving club dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A member of Crystal Palace diving club dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A member of Crystal Palace diving club dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A member of Crystal Palace diving club dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of the Crystal Palace diving club stretch during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace Diving Club member Victoria Vincent practices during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace Diving Club member Victoria Vincent practices during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A Crystal Palace diving club member attends a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Victoria Vincent practices during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of the Crystal Palace diving club stretch during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of the Crystal Palace diving club stretch during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of the Crystal Palace diving club stretch during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of the Crystal Palace diving club attend a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Scarlett Mew Jenson attends a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of Crystal Palace diving club wait for an elevator during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A member of Crystal Palace diving club dives watched by coach Xiang Yan Kong during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Robyn Birch dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Ford Fagan dives during a training session in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

A member of Crystal Palace diving club is reflected in a mirror during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club members are seen reflected in a mirror as they practice on trampolines during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Francesca Del Celo is seen reflected in a mirror as she practices during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Members of the Crystal Palace diving club stretch attend a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Diving: The Chinese are helping the British

Crystal Palace diving club member Lexie Howard practices during a training session in a dry diving gym in London. STEFAN WERMUTH/REUTERS

Mar 14, 2012