WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue alumnus and four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia participated in Team USA’s media summit the week of April 7 to 9 to discuss the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer in Tokyo.
Boudia is a three-time Olympian in 10-meter diving events. However, he is pursuing his fourth Olympic bid on 3-meter. At the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Indianapolis (June 6-13), he’s slated to compete individually on 3-meter and in synchronized 3-meter with fellow Purdue alumnus Steele Johnson. Boudia & Johnson won silver together in 10-meter synchro at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Individually on 10-meter, Boudia was a gold medalist in 2012 and bronze medalist in 2016. He became the first American man to win gold on 10-meter at the Olympics since Greg Louganis in 1988.
As the 3-meter national champion at USA Diving’s 2018 Winter Nationals and 2019 Senior National Championships, Boudia earned the right to compete in the event at the 2019 FINA World Championships. His fifth-place finish in South Korea earned Team USA a quota spot in the event for the upcoming Olympic Games. Later that year, he teamed with Johnson to win the national title in 3-meter synchro at the USA Diving Winter Nationals, qualifying for the FINA Diving World Cup. The COVID-19 pandemic also led to the postponement of the FINA Diving World Cup, which will determine many of the quota spots at the Olympics in the synchronized events.
The FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo has again been postponed until May 1 to 6 after it was originally rescheduled for April 18 to 23. Boudia says he learned of the new dates for the World Cup shortly before his interview at the media summit started.
Media summit video courtesy of the the USOPC.
Boudia’s Segments in Media Summit
0:15 — Opening Statement: “We’re going to be ready for just about anything;” mental preparation and overcoming adversity.
2:00 — Details about his positive test for COVID-19 this spring and the impact of the positive at this point in the year.
4:35 — Creative strategies and methods for training during the lockdown in the spring and summer of 2020.
5:55 — Overcoming his fear of heights at a young age; “My drive and tenacity to get to the Olympics was more than a fear of heights.”
7:45 — Transition from 10-meter to 3-meter since 2016 Olympics.