A native of Abilene, Texas, he now lives in Noblesville, Indiana and attends Purdue University. He started diving in 2000, and has been a member of the U.S National Diving Team since 2005. He was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the 10-meter platform and synchronized 10-meter platform events. His synchro partner is Nick McCrory.
"Obviously, you don't look at someone's dreams getting crushed and go, 'Yeah!'" Boudia said. "But it was a cool triumph for Nick and I, and a cool win for U.S. diving. The moment was incredible."
"David and I gave each other a big hug," McCrory said, "and we had a moment where we were like, 'Wow, we just won an Olympic medal.'"
McCrory has been diving from 10 meters since he was too young to be afraid of such a height, while Boudia can vividly recall the days when he was so overcome with fear his mother had to bribe him with CDs.
"No sane person is going to go on a three-story building and say they're going to throw a couple flips off it," Boudia said. "But it got to the point where if I wanted to go to the Olympics, I had to take this journey and conquer this fear and get moving."
He’s a veteran. He’s not as nervous. He realizes he doesn’t need fame and fortune, although it seems to have found him since he declared himself a professional by signing with PMG Sports following his junior season at Purdue in 2011.
“I think one of the biggest differences for David, in ’08 he was chasing after a lot of things he thought would bring him happiness and satisfaction, fame and glory and all that kind of stuff,” said Purdue diving coach Adam Soldati, who Boudia says is like a second father. “I think he realized after ’08 that that doesn’t satisfy. He really has a redefined purpose.”
After Beijing, McCrory broke onto the U.S. diving scene and started giving Boudia a challenge in the individual platform event. The pair figured they could use that to their advantage, so they teamed up and started diving synchro together. Boudia attends Purdue University and McCrory is a student at Duke, so they frequently travel to one another’s schools to practice together. “It definitely can be hard at times because you’re traveling so much,” Boudia said. “But, I mean, if you set this goal, then you’re going to do what it takes to do it. And the sacrifice is well worth it.”
2011-12: 2012 Olympic Games Qualifier... FINA World Championships Silver Medalist... officially turned pro in April 2011, forgoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on training for the 2012 Olympics... continues to train and practice with coach Adam Soldati at Purdue while being enrolled in select classes... became the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10-meter platform at World Championships with his Silver Medal-winning performance in China... repeated as champion of the 10-meter platform competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June... also teamed with Nick McCrory to win the the synchronized 10-meter platform and clinch one of the eight berths in the event at the Olympics... won his 15th and 16th career national titles at 2012 USA Diving Winter Nationals, held in December 2011 in Knoxville... won the 10-meter platform and the synchronized 10-meter platform at USA Winter Nationals, claiming both titles for third straight year... won synchronized title with Nick McCrory... represented USA Diving at the 2012 FINA World Cup in London in February, placing fourth in the 10-meter platform...
Among Boudia’s skills off the diving platform are sign language and basketball. He’s taken three semesters of sign language at Purdue and needs one more to finish it. “I’m a visual learner,” Boudia said. “Sign language is a visual foreign language, so I struck right into it and, uh, it’s pretty easy now.” Boudia is 5-foot-9 but his basketball skills are pretty decent. He likes to drive the lane and said he’s “an inch away from dunking.” If he could dunk over anyone, he said it would be McCrory.
“Competing for the university and being on the NCAA level just helps build everything,” Boudia said. “It’s all a building block. We’re all learning. We’re all growing constantly. The moment we feel like we’ve arrived is the moment we are definitely going to start to falter and start to deteriorate. You look at every opportunity and build and grow and learn from that.”
Bonham: When did you first start to understand who God was and what His purpose was for your life?
Boudia: I was not raised in a home that emphasized faith or emphasized a need for Christ. After 2008, I started my freshman year in college and coming off the Olympic high, I was starting this new journey by myself. I didn’t have my parents around and it was really a rebellious time in my life. It wasn’t until my sophomore year when I realized something was wrong. It was like I hit a wall and I was flat down on my face. I didn’t know what direction I was going. I started texting my coach (Adam Soldati) and he had me over the next night. I had a lot of questions about why I was here and what my purpose was. The Gospel really provided all of those answers and the fulfillment I needed. It’s definitely been a huge 180-degree change. It’s a hard walk, but I definitely don’t imagine it any other way.
Bonham: You got your start in gymnastics. Is that typical for most divers?
Boudia: It’s very typical. When I was seven, I had a goal to make it to the Olympic Games. I played a lot of different sports and tried a lot of different things and I thought I’d go in gymnastics. That’s what I put a lot of my focus on. I did soccer and cross country and baseball. I was kind of the average American jock but I lost passion in gymnastics and I found diving, which was the next best thing to feed my adrenaline.
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Indianapolis Colts
Last Concert He Attended: REO Speedwagon
Favorite Super Hero: Batman
Favorite Month: May
Favorite Food: Eggs
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Australia
Most Memorable at Purdue: Four Purdue divers qualifying for 2010 NCAAs
Furry Friend: Sascha, Dog