'Splash' Season 1 winner: Rory Bushfield takes the top prize home
Ultimately, he overcame his physical obstacles, including a painful ruptured eardrum. He was driven by the memory of his wife, freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died last January after a crash in Park City, Utah. "Sarah was my dream girl before she knew who I was," he said on the show. "A lot of the craziest things I ever did were just kind of to impress Sarah."
While Bushfield was the winner, ABC was not. The show, which featured London Olympic U.S. gold medalist David Boudia and Australian Olympic athlete and USA Dive team director Steve Foley as judges, didn't fare well in the ratings, sinking steadily over the course of the season.