Professor Splash, like USA Pro Cycling Challenge, making a big splash

On Sunday, the world got to see amazing feats of athleticism as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge wound its way through stunning Colorado scenery to the finish line by the State Capitol. Tonight, the world gets to see another amazing feat of Colorado athleticism: Professor Splash has made it to the semi-finals of America's Got Talent.

Professor Splash, aka Darren Taylor, has a very unusual academic specialty: He does a belly flop from a dizzying height into a very, very shallow pool of water. Sometimes through fire. Maybe through crowds of showgirls, since tonight's semifinals are in Las Vegas.

According to the America's Got Talent bio:

He has loved and respected water all his life. He started diving at age four and became a regional Junior Olympian at age 12. He used to love to high dive and splash the lifeguard. He now performs the world's highest shallow dive from above 36 feet into 12 inches of water. The stakes are very high and so are the rewards.

As for the cycling race, that event appears to have made a big splash. Governor John Hickenlooper predicts that it could have an economic impact upwards of $80 million. As for the short-term impact, Colorado looked great in the coverage -- and the commentators also remarked on how very fit Hickenlooper looked Sunday.

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Can't wait to see the governor welcome Professor Splash back to Denver after his Las Vegas triumph. For the record, the Silhouettes, a Denver-based troupe of performers, are also still in the running for America's Got Talent... and they really do.

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