His disappointing and medal-less performance that year plunged him into a downward spiral of despair and hopelessness that only reversed when he became a Christian as a sophomore in college. In October 2014, Boudia and his wife welcomed their first child, Dakoda. David loves sports and will play just about anything competitive. Boudia joined Greg Louganis as a judge on ABC’s reality show Celebrity Splash, which premiered March 2013. I shifted my focus from gymnastics to diving a few years later, and in 2004 I narrowly missed making the Olympic team. Since people knew I was an Olympian, this was a chance for me to get the fame and the glory that I craved. While at Purdue he continued to thrive on the international stage as well- including five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, also becoming the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship with his Silver medal-winning performance in China. [10], After the Olympics, Boudia took a break in 2017 from international competition before making a decision on whether to retire or return for a fourth Olympics. [4] He resides in West Lafayette, Indiana. In the individual 10 metre platform event, Boudia won a bronze. This summer, Olympics viewers are getting to know David Boudia not only as an award-winning diver, but also as an outspoken follower of Christ. Shop - opens in a new window Donate My dream was coming true. David Boudia rumors, news and videos from the best sources on the web. In October 2012 he married his college sweetheart, Sonnie Brand, and in 2014 finished his degree at Purdue. [5] Boudia once stated that a dive from the great height of an Olympic 10-meter platform once 'petrified' him.[6]. I let my country and USA Diving down. For speaking requests, complete the following form: Subject (choose one) David Boudia should have been happy. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist (Diving) Krannert Leadership Speakers Series Keynote Speaker September 29, 2016 Keynote Speaker September 29, 2016 David competed at Purdue University where he broke several records and won a host of major competitions, finishing his college career with six NCAA national titles. Boudia partnered with Steele Johnson in the synchronized 10-meter platform dive at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. From 2006-2008 David and his diving partner Thomas Finchum medaled in 14 major international competitions (10 consecutive). The only way I knew how to do that was living the party lifestyle. [9] In reality, the dream was more like a nightmare. All American David Boudia of Olympic Gold is featured on the All American Wall @ Purdue University Outside Mackey Arena. David hails from Noblesville Indiana Steele JohnsonDavid BoudiaOlympic DivingVoxOlympic TrialsUs OlympicsTv Schedule He was homeschooled after 10th grade in order to focus on diving, with an eye on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. American David Boudia scored a phenomenal 102.60 on his final dive to upset favorites Qiu Bo of China and Tom Daley of Great Britain and claim the U.S.'s first diving gold medal since 2000. That’s an easy thing to do on a college campus. Though I was battling depression, I was able to mask it by trying to be the popular guy on campus. On August 24, 2017, Boudia announced the birth of his second daughter, Mila Primm Boudia. Instead, he … Boudia, 30, formerly of Noblesville, is trying to make his fourth Olympic team. My synchronized diving partner and I failed to make the podium early in the Beijing Olympics, and that was a reality check. Boudia and Finchum were 2009 World Championship (Rome) Silver Medalists, and 2007 World Championship (Melbourne) Bronze Medalists. I locked myself in a bathroom stall and bawled for an hour. David Boudia wins bronze in 10-meter platform diving Dakoda Boudia just celebrated her second birthday on Saturday, the same day her father was introduced on the field at … [16], Boudia wrote an autobiography, Greater Than Gold, published by Thomas Nelson in 2016. Boudia won two medals at the 2012 Olympics in London, including a thrilling final-round performance in the individual 10m platform that won him the Gold medal. Purdue alumnus and four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia has remained a constant at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center since closing out his collegiate career as a … At a dinner party after my event, everyone was eating and having fun. The 1996 Olympics were the first ones I can remember watching, when I was 7 years old. [7] The United States did not medal in men's divers at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics; at the next two Olympiads of 2004 and 2008, no men's divers made the podium in diving. He won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform diving competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the bronze medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. David BoudiaDiving - USA Diving Bio 3-Time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016) 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, David Boudia - Men's Swimming & Diving - Purdue University Athletics Skip To Main Content David Boudia, Steele Johnson start Team USA’s Olympic diving competition with synchro silver By Rebecca Harris | @MsRebeccaHarris RIO DE JANEIRO — Standing on the platform before their final dive Monday at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, David Boudia and Steele Johnson recited Philippians 4:6, a Bible verse about anxiety. Done by GRT Glass Design. [citation needed]. I didn’t get what I set out to accomplish, so I felt like a complete and utter failure. With his past synchro partner, Nick McCrory, they achieved Bronze medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics. [19] He openly referenced his religious beliefs in several interviews before, during, and after the 2012 Olympics. I failed. David Boudia appears poised to make his third Olympic team. Search Search Search. In his first event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Boudia and his partner, Nicholas McCrory, won the bronze in the synchronized 10 metre platform with a combined score of 463.47, finishing behind China (486.78) and Mexico (468.90). David Boudia’s book Greater Than Gold will inspire and challenge you to grow stronger in the Christian faith. Then in 2008, at age 19, I had my chance. Boudia was named to the 2008 Olympic Team, finishing 10th individual in the 10m platform, and 5th with Finchum in the synchronized 10m. Not only that, I was going to win, and I would revel in the fame and the celebrity it brought. See more ideas about David boudia, Olympics, Athlete. David Boudia on cover of Purdue Alumnus magazine. The Olympics didn’t supply me with any joy. In 2012, Boudia married Sonnie Brand, whom he met while studying at Purdue University. Faith & Fitness Magazine wants to help you give a college or high school aged student a … In his second event- the 10m platform- Boudia barely advanced from the prelims placing 18th of 32 where only the top 18 finishers would advance. Order copies for you and your friends. Boudia was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the 10-meter platform and in the synchronized 10-meter platform event with former synchro partner Thomas Finchum. Sorry, we ran into a technical problem (unknown error). In the final, David won the Gold medal. [17][18], Boudia became a Christian in 2010 through the influence of his college diving coach Adam Soldati. Jul 31, 2013 - Explore luninha's board "david boudia" on Pinterest. My world was completely shaken. 18 Work it for prime time, David. I was competing in gymnastics myself at the time, so watching the Magnificent Seven win the first U.S. gold medal in the women’s team competition stoked my competitive fires. By 2005 he was a member of the U.S. National Diving Team and won the National Championships that year (synchro). I was going to be an Olympian. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) David Boudia stood on the pool deck at the Indiana University Natatorium content with his performance at USA Diving's winter nationals. It was the first Olympic Gold medal for the U.S. in diving since the 2000 Olympics. Johnson attended college at Purdue University. But the happiness was elusive. It nearly ruined my life. He also won Bronze with partner Nick McCrory in the synchronized 10m platform, becoming the first American duo to medal in the event, and the first Olympic medal for the U.S. in men’s diving since the 1996 Games in Atlanta- the Olympic Games that first captured David’s eye. Still, I figured that was a small price to pay for the immortality that would soon be mine after I medaled in my individual event. Though I was battling depression, I was able to mask it by trying to be the popular guy on campus. I qualified for Beijing. Boudia and Johnson have a special bond as partners. I locked myself in my room and kept away all outside distractions. Boudia’s Olympic journey began as a teenager in Beijing in 2008 when he was consumed with a desire for fame and recognition. Because I didn’t go to a “normal” high school and didn’t have many “normal” relationships during my teenage years, I tried to make up for that by getting as many friends as I could. On April 22, 2019, Knox Boudia was born, giving David his first son. Boudia came to Christ through the witness of his college coach, and Johnson describes Boudia as his “mentor” in his portion of the interview. 4 The sport of diving proved to … Open Menu Close Menu. From that point forward, competing in the Olympics became my focus, my dream, my god. That’s what happens when your god betrays you. David Boudia. Boudia was named to the 2008 Olympic Team, finishing 10th individual in the 10m platform, and 5th with Finchum in the synchronized 10m. In 2015, Johnson became the first diver since Purdue alumnus David Boudia in 2009 to win NCAA titles on springboard and platform in the same year. General PublicChurchBusiness LeadersPoliticiansStudentsStaffOther, © 2015 David Boudia | Design by Dildine Designs. David competed at Purdue University where he broke several records and won a host of major competitions, finishing his college career with six NCAA national titles. Born in Abilene, Texas,[2][3] Boudia's parents are Jim and Sheilagh Boudia. [20] Though a dive from the height of an Olympic 10-meter platform once petrified him, he forced himself to overcome this fear to pursue the sport he loved. Is China's Dominance on the Wane? He also won a bronze medal with Nick McCrory in the men's synchronized 10 metre platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics and a silver medal in the same event with Steele Johnson at the 2016 Summer Olympics. At age 19, he competed in his first Olympics in Beijing. On April 22, 2019, Knox Boudia was born, giving Davi… Boudia began his diving career at age 11 in 2000. Order copies for you and your friends. The two of them say there’s a brotherhood between them, rather than a match based solely on diving. In October 2014, Boudia and his wife welcomed their first child, Dakoda. David officially turned pro in April 2011, forgoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on the 2012 Olympics, but he continues to train with his college coach at Purdue. He is the winner of the Big 10 Male Tower Diving event at the Big Ten Tournament, held in 2010 at Ohio State. He also won … [13] At the 2019 World Championships held in Gwangju, Korea, Boudia participated in the 3m springboard event, but only managed to finish 5th. David officially turned pro in April 2011, forgoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on the 2012 Olympics, but he continued to train with college coach Adam Soldati at Purdue. David has been featured in many print publications, internet and television media including: David has also spoken at several schools, corporate engagements and religious events. [11] He chose to return in fall 2017 and go for a fourth Olympics in 2020. Since people knew I was an Olympian, this was a chance for me to get the fame and the glory that I craved. 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[14], In November 2012, Boudia agreed to join Steve Foley as a judge on Splash. ---Speaking RequestMedia ContactGeneral CommentsQuestionOther, Audience Type After Beijing, I decided to try to put the Olympics behind me and get a fresh start as a freshman at Purdue. David Alasdair Boudia /boʊˈdaɪə/ (born April 24, 1989) is an American diver. However, in February 2018, he suffered a concussion due to an error during training that caused him to crash into the water hard, after which he experienced blackouts and dizziness. He openly referenced his religious beliefs in several interviews before, during, and after the 2012 Olympics. I’ve never cried as much as I did after that event. I thought I had disappointed my team, my parents, and everyone who had invested in me. After staying away from the sport for a year and then enduring a concussion in February 2018, the 30-year-old Purdue graduate could have retired. It was like a punch in the gut. David competed at Purdue University where he broke several records and won a host of major competitions, finishing his college career with six NCAA national titles. But David Boudia did make a point of drying off right in front of the camera after each dive, almost as if he knew he'd have an enraptured audience. They won a silver behind the Chinese pair Chen Aisen and Lin Yue. I was at the Olympics, but I saw the inside of my room in the Olympic Village more than I experienced the whole Olympic atmosphere. [15] This reality show premiered on ABC on March 19, 2013. They didn’t provide the happiness that I thought they were going to bring. David Boudia, left, and Steele Johnson wave to the crowd after being named to the U.S. Olympic diving team in the men's 10-meter platform at the … That’s an easy thing to do on a college campus. Instead of medaling, I finished 10th. On August 24, 2017, Boudia announced the birth of his second daughter, Mila Primm Boudia. [21], "USA Diving: David Boudia Has A Great Chance To Medal In London", "2012 London Games: David Boudia dives into U.S. Olympic history", Another medal for Team USA as Boudia and McCrory win bronze, "David Boudia of the U.S. Claims Diving Gold. Boudia was named to the 2008 Olympic Team, finishing 10th individual in the 10m platform, and 5th with Finchum in the synchronized 10m. He made a strong comeback finishing third in the semis. He won the gold medal in the 10 metre platform diving competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the bronze medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. David officially turned pro in April 2011, forgoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on the 2012 Olympics, but he continued to train with college coach Adam Soldati at Purdue. David Alasdair Boudia /boʊˈdaɪə/ (born April 24, 1989)[1] is an American diver. David officially turned pro in April 2011, forgoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on the 2012 Olympics, but he continues to train with his college coach at Purdue. In 2012, David Boudia became first American to win gold on 10-meter platform since 1988; Boudia and Steele Johnson will compete together June 19 … Boudia became a Christianin 2010 through the influence of his college diving coach Adam Soldati. [12], Boudia decided to switch event from 10m platform to 3m springboard following the concussion. Even though I didn’t know the Lord at that time, God had given me the ability to be super disciplined and the desire to work extremely hard to accomplish a goal. He is the inaugural American to break 600 points in six dives. In 2012, Boudia married Sonnie Brand, whom he met while studying at Purdue University. In the sixth and last round, Boudia won gold with a total score of 568.65, finishing ahead of world champion Qiu Bo (566.85) and hometown favourite Tom Daley (556.95). Boudia used to drive the then 10-year old Johnson to practice, and they now train together at Purdue University, Boudia’s alma mater and Johnson’s current school. >> Gold: David Boudia, diving. He graduated from Noblesville High School in 2007, and attended Purdue University. David Boudia: ‘Silver is like a thorn in the side’ ... was named the nation’s best college diver in 2009 and 2010 and the Big Ten’s best overall athlete in 2011. [8] It was the first Olympic gold for the United States in diving since the 2000 Summer Olympics, when Laura Wilkinson won the gold in the women's 10-meter platform competition; the first Olympic gold in the 10-meter platform competition by an American male diver since Greg Louganis achieved that feat at the 1988 Summer Olympics (also taking the 3-meter springboard title); and the first Olympic diving gold for an American man since Mark Lenzi's victory in the 3-meter springboard competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics. USA Diving’s male athlete of the year in 2008, Boudia was heading for what proved to be an immensely successful diving career at Purdue. In his second event, the 10 metre platform, Boudia barely advanced from the prelims placing eighteenth but then went on to finish third in the semi-finals to advance to the finals. I attended few events. David is a devout Christian and he openly references his religious beliefs as his faith plays a very big part in his life. 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