Orlando Duque

«I think success is getting up to do all what you can do.»

How do you define success?
Success is the result of a goal I had set, prepared and worked hard for it. nothing is left to luck or any other outside elements. In my sport preparation is key in making sure I'm successful.

Do you have a key sentence/motto about success?
Prepare, work hard!

What inspires you? And where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration on different high places that I may be able to jump. Looking at a building, bridge, rock... working around it until I figure out how to do a dive. That inspires me. Most times I find the way to dive but when it doesn't work it just shows me that I can keep looking around and other objects or places will come.

Could you tell us about your success? What is the short-story of your success?
I loved diving since I was a kid, running and jumping into the pool without knowing what I was doing. In 1986 I started training with a local club. After about 10 years with the Colombian national team and because my sport didn't have much support I decided to leave Colombia and move to Austria to perform at a diving show. While there I saw on TV the Cliff Diving competitions and started training to get an invitation. Finally in 1999 i was invited to my 1st World Championship where I placed second. Since 2000 I have dedicated all my time to training and making this journey the best thing of my life.

Do you have a “5 rules” to follow and keep on being successful?
Have Fun
Move on

Do you have a ritual that you follow everyday?
My ritual is my training, I wake up early to do all my preparation and that is a process that is repeated over and over.

What do you avoid to keep on being successful?
Being complacent, I have achieved many things in my career, but I stay hungry for more, I don't sit down to count medals or trophies, I keep my vision forward going for the next challenge.

Do you have advices for the young generations?
Working hard will pay off, the world of sports today is so advance that little things will make a difference. Preparation is key to make in whatever field they choose. Don't follow the pack and find you're own path.

« Don't follow the pack and find you're own path. »

How important time is and has been in your life? And what does time represents for you?
Time is very important in my life. I have less than 3 seconds in the air during one of my dives and I have to make the most out of it to make sure is a safe and successful dive. During my life I have to make some tough decisions that have very time sensitive and being prepared for that has change my life and brought me to where I am today.

How do you deal with time questions in your work?
Long time planning is interesting, I have to make sure that my training in the off season is done to reach competition time in the best shape possible. Once competition start, traveling, competing and trying to practice at the same time takes careful planning. During a dive time is one of the most important components. I have to make sure to execute all the elements of my dive and prepare for a safe entry in less than 3 seconds.

How Maurice Lacroix is a natural continuum of your everyday life? What place does it have in your life?
Maurice Lacroix is a brand that shows, careful planning, perfect execution and elegance. I feel it represents me as a person and as an athlete that has had to perfect his technique and refine style to achieve my goals.

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