Get to know Olympic gold-medalist diver David Boudia of Team USA.
— David Boudia was born on April 24, 1989 in Abilene, Texas. He grew up in Noblesville, Indiana, and currently lives in West Lafayette.
— Boudia started diving in 2000 and joined the U.S. National Diving Team in 2005.
— Boudia dove at Purdue, where he was a six-time NCAA champion and swept the three diving events (1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard and platform) at both the 2009 and 2011 Big Ten Championships.
— Boudia made his Olympic debut as a 19-year-old in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He took fifth in the 10-meter synchronized platform with partner Thomas Finchum and finished 10th in the 10-meter individual platform.
— Boudia has won four consecutive silver medals at the world diving championships, including three straight in the 10-meter individual platform. His silver medal in 2015 made him the first American to medal in the event at three consecutive world championships since Greg Louganis.
— Boudia broke through in 2012 when he won Olympic gold in the 10-meter individual platform at London. Boudia scored 568.65 points in the six-dive final, beating out Qiu Bo of China by 1.8 points and becoming the first American to win gold in diving since Louganis in 1988 and the first American medalist in diving since Mark Lenzi in 1992. Boudia also took bronze in the 10-meter synchronized alongside Nicholas McCrory.
— Boudia and his wife, Sonnie, have a daughter named Dakoda, who was born in 2014. Boudia has credited her birth with helping him continue his diving career. “That was a time in my career when I was a little bit apprehensive, a little bit tired of doing what I was doing,” Boudia told Newsday. “So she kind of brought that fire back into my life, knowing that I have a little girl that’s looking up to me.”
— Boudia tallied a 1,534.40 cumulative score to win the 10-meter individual platform at the U.S. diving trials in June. He’ll also compete in the 10-meter synchronized platform alongside Steele Johnson.
— Boudia converted to Christianity in 2010 through his coach, Adam Soldati, and has been open about his faith in various interviews.