Olympic champion Boudia to announce diving future next week
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Olympic diving champion David Boudia will announce his future in the sport next week.
The 28-year-old Boudia took a break after winning two medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, skipping this year’s world championships in Budapest and waiting until after the birth of his second child to reveal whether he would return to the pool or retire.
His daughter, Mila Primm Boudia, was born on Aug. 24. Boudia once lived in Noblesville.
Boudia is planning a news conference Sept. 12 at Mackey Arena on the campus of Purdue University, his alma mater. A statement from USA Diving says he will be accompanied by coach Adam Soldati and the governing body’s CEO, Lee Johnson, as well as family and friends.
Those arrangements would seem to be a strong indication that Boudia is retiring, leaving a huge hole to fill in the American program.
Boudia is already one of the greatest divers in U.S. history, a three-time Olympian who won a stunning gold medal on the platform at the 2012 London Games with an upset of the favored Chinese . That victory broke a 12-year gold medal drought for the Americans and was the first Olympic title for a U.S. male since the late Mark Lenzi in 1992.
Boudia has four Olympic medals overall, including a 10-meter bronze in Rio. He also earned synchronized medals on the big tower – a bronze with Nick McCrory at London and a silver with Steele Johnson last summer.
In addition, Boudia earned five medals over five world championships: four silvers and a bronze.