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2012 Summer Olympics U.S. Athletes: David Boudia

Abstract: At the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, the men's diving competitions will begin on Sunday July 29 and end on Saturday, August 11.

Per the official website of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, the men's diving competitions will begin on Sunday, July 29 and run through Saturday, August 11. The men will compete in four events--3-meter (9.84 feet) springboard, synchronized 3-meter springboard, 10-meter (32.80 feet) platform, and synchronized 10-meter platform. In each event, athletes will try to execute difficult dives as precisely as possible. A 10 is a perfect score.

A total of 68 men from around the world will compete in the diving competitions at the London Summer Olympic Games. One of these individuals is American athlete, David Boudia. Learn more about this competitor by reading the information below.

All of the data comes from USA Diving unless otherwise noted.

Name: David Boudia
Country: United States
Age: 23 (born on April 24, 1989)
Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas
Resides: West Lafayette, Ind.
2012 Olympic Competitions: 10 meter platform and synchronized 10 meter platform
Twitter Name: davidboudia
College: Purdue University, where he majored in communications.
Parents: Jim and Sheilagh Boudia

Diving Compared to: Per NBC, David Boudia compares diving to jumping out of a plane.

Quote: "Diving's not an easy sport because you're up thirty-three feet in the air going thirty-five miles an hour. So you have to have some kind of crazy in you." (The quote is from an interview with NBC.)

Hobbies: Reading and playing video games.

College Career: At Purdue, David Boudia competed in NCAA diving competitions and was a six-time NCAA champion. He won both the 3-meter event and the platform competition in 2009. He finished in first place in the 1-meter (3.28 feet) and three meter competitions in 2010 and again in 2011. He was the Big Ten Athlete of the Year (in all sports) in 2011 and the NCAA Diver of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

Career with National Team: David Boudia has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 2005 and has won 16 national championships. Over the past few years, he has performed well at international events, placing first, second, or third numerous times in both individual and synchronized 10-meter diving competitions. Most recently, he finished with a bronze medal in the 10-meter platform diving event and (along with his partner, Nick McCrory) a silver medal in synchronized 10-meter platform diving at the 2012 FINA World Series.

Olympic History: David Boudia finished in 10th place in the 10-meter platform diving event and (along with his partner, Thomas Finchum) in fifth place in the synchronized 10-meter diving competition at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

-- Anthony Hopper

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