INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - Olympic gold medalist David Boudia decided to dive from the sky on Saturday. Boudia jumped from 13,500 feet at Skydive Indianapolis.
“I really had no desire to skydive,” Boudia explained. “Climbing and jumping from 3 stories was fine with me. But I had family who had jumped and my wife, so I figured I had to step up.”
Of course, preparing to jump out of an airplane is quite a bit different than diving off a 10-meter platform.
“I was nervous with anticipation before I got here, but once I saw all the different people who are skydiving, I wasn’t as worried.”
Boudia experienced this extreme thrill attached to Ted Freidline, one of Skydive Indianapolis’ tandem instructors.
“It was great having David out here today,” said Bob Dougherty, owner of Skydive Indianapolis. “He’s a national hero, a gold-medal Olympian, and we’re proud he chose to have his skydive experience with us.”
After he landed, Boudia said there was one similarity between between diving off a 10-meter platform and jumping from an airplane.
"The adrenaline rush I get from diving. I got the exact same rush when I left the plane.”
More than 4,500 skydivers take the leap at Skydive Indianapolis annually. These daring individuals jump for a multitude of reasons, from anniversaries to birthdays to graduations, group adventures, or crossing one of the proverbial bucket list.
The drop zone has seen its fair share of celebrities, from Boudia to racing legend Derek Daly, actress Hunter King to members of Maroon Five.
“Skydiving is an incredible experience; there’s just nothing like it,” Dougherty stated. “We’re glad to have shared it with David.”
Boudia, who found his experience to be “incredible, awesome” joked that it could play into the future of diving.
“I think skydiving could be the ultimate training for diving,” he laughed. “I could jump out and do all of my tricks in one jump instead of climbing all those steps 100 times for practice!”
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