David Boudia decided that he was going to be an Olympian at 7 years old while watching the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.


After years of training, his dream came true in 2008 when he competed at the Beijing Olympics, and then later won a Gold and Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.


His dream may have come true, but he’s far from done following it. With 16 National titles and two Olympic medals, David Boudia is the top 10-meter platform diver in the U.S. and one of the best in the world, in both the individual 10-meter and synchronized 10-meter events.


Boudia began his diving career at age 11 in 2000. Though a dive from the height of an Olympic 10-meter platform once petrified him, he forced himself to overcome this fear to pursue the sport he loved. By 2005 he was a member of the U.S. National Diving Team and won the National Championships that year (synchro). He was homeschooled after 10th grade in order to focus on diving, with an eye on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. From 2006-2008 David and his diving partner Thomas Finchum medaled in 14 major international competitions (10 consecutive). Boudia was named to the 2008 Olympic Team, finishing 10th individual in the 10m platform, and 5th with Finchum in the synchronized 10m.


David competed at Purdue University where he broke several records and won a host of major competitions, finishing his college career with six NCAA national titles. While at Purdue he continued to thrive on the international stage as well- including five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, also becoming the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship with his Silver medal-winning performance in China. David officially turned pro in April 2011, forgoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on the 2012 Olympics, but he continues to train with his college coach at Purdue.


Boudia won two medals at the 2012 Olympics in London, including a thrilling final-round performance in the individual 10m platform that won him the Gold medal. He also won Bronze with partner Nick McCrory in the synchronized 10m platform, becoming the first American duo to medal in the event, and the first Olympic medal for the U.S. in men’s diving since the 1996 Games in Atlanta- the Olympic Games that first captured David’s eye. In his second event- the 10m platform- Boudia barely advanced from the prelims placing 18th of 32 where only the top 18 finishers would advance. He made a strong comeback finishing third in the semis. In the final, David won the Gold medal. It was the first Olympic Gold medal for the U.S. in diving since the 2000 Olympics.


David is a devout Christian and he openly references his religious beliefs as his faith plays a very big part in his life. In October 2012 he married his college sweetheart, Sonnie Brand, and in 2014 finished his degree at Purdue. David loves sports and will play just about anything competitive. Boudia joined Greg Louganis as a judge on ABC’s reality show Celebrity Splash, which premiered March 2013.



David has been featured in many print publications, internet and television media including:

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David has also spoken at several schools, corporate engagements and religious events.




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For much of my life, I bowed at the feet of gods fashioned of gold, silver and bronze.

The 1996 Olympics were the first ones I can remember watching, when I was 7 years old. I was competing in gymnastics myself at the time, so watching the Magnificent Seven win the first U.S. gold medal in the women’s team competition stoked my competitive fires. From that point forward, competing in the Olympics became my focus, my dream, my god. I was going to be an Olympian. Not only that, I was going to win, and I would revel in the fame and the celebrity it brought.


Even though I didn’t know the Lord at that time, God had given me the ability to be super disciplined and the desire to work extremely hard to accomplish a goal. I shifted my focus from gymnastics to diving a few years later, and in 2004 I narrowly missed making the Olympic team. Then in 2008, at age 19, I had my chance. I qualified for Beijing. My dream was coming true.


In reality, the dream was more like a nightmare. It nearly ruined my life. My synchronized diving partner and I failed to make the podium early in the Beijing Olympics, and that was a reality check. I decided to invest everything in my individual event a few days later, near the end of the Games – all my thoughts, all my energy, everything. I locked myself in my room and kept away all outside distractions. I attended few events. I was at the Olympics, but I saw the inside of my room in the Olympic Village more than I experienced the whole Olympic atmosphere. Still, I figured that was a small price to pay for the immortality that would soon be mine after I medaled in my individual event.


Instead of medaling, I finished 10th. I failed. I’ve never cried as much as I did after that event. I let my country and USA Diving down. I thought I had disappointed my team, my parents, and everyone who had invested in me. I didn’t get what I set out to accomplish, so I felt like a complete and utter failure. At a dinner party after my event, everyone was eating and having fun. I locked myself in a bathroom stall and bawled for an hour.

That’s what happens when your god betrays you.


The Olympics didn’t supply me with any joy. They didn’t provide the happiness that I thought they were going to bring. It was like a punch in the gut. My world was completely shaken.


After Beijing, I decided to try to put the Olympics behind me and get a fresh start as a freshman at Purdue. Because I didn’t go to a “normal” high school and didn’t have many “normal” relationships during my teenage years, I tried to make up for that by getting as many friends as I could. The only way I knew how to do that was living the party lifestyle. That’s an easy thing to do on a college campus. Though I was battling depression, I was able to mask it by trying to be the popular guy on campus. Since people knew I was an Olympian, this was a chance for me to get the fame and the glory that I craved.


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