David Boudia decided to become an Olympian at the of age seven, as he was watching the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. That dream came true in 2008 when Boudia competed at the Beijing Olympics, and when he later won Gold and Bronze medals at the 2012 London Olympics. But though his dream has come true, it is far from over; with 16 National titles and two Olympic medals, he is the top 10-meter platform diver in the U.S. and one of the best in the world, in both the individual 10m and synchronized 10m events.
Boudia began his diving career in 2000, at age 11. By 2005 he was a member of the U.S. National Diving Team, and that year won the Speedo National Diving Championships synchronized platform. Leaving public school after 10th grade to be home-schooled, he began competing all over the world with an eye to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. From 2006-08 he and his diving partner, Thomas Finchum, medaled in 14 international meets (10 consecutive), including Gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games and USA Diving Prix, Bronze at the 2007 World Championship and Silver at 2009 World Championship. A year later Boudia was named to the 2008 Olympic Team, finishing 10th in the individual 10m platform, and 5th with Finchum in the synchronized 10m.
Competing at Purdue University, Boudia broke several records and won numerous honors, finishing college with six NCAA national titles. He continued to thrive on the international stage as well, with five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series and becoming the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship, winning Silver in China. Boudia turned pro in April 2011, foregoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on the London 2012 Olympics, but he continues to train with college coach Adam Soldati at Purdue.
Boudia won two medals in London, including Gold for his thrilling final round in the individual 10m platform. He also won Bronze with partner Nick McCrory in the synchronized 10m platform, the first American duo to medal in the event, and the first Olympic medal for the U.S. in men’s diving since 1996.
Boudia became a devout Christian in 2010 through the influence of his college coach, and his faith plays a big part in his life. In October 2012 he married his college sweetheart, Sonnie Brand. He is currently completing his degree at Purdue and will graduate in 2014.
An avid sports fan, Boudia will play just about anything competitive in his spare time, particularly beach volleyball, basketball and racquetball. He is also a big Colts fan and loves college basketball. His personal favorite dive is 109C.