Purdue Favorite Olympics Moment: David Boudia

DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Diver, David Boudia, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Purdue has a surprisingly good Olympic history. One of the most decorated Olympians of all-time was Ray Ewry, who won 10 gold medals in the early games of the 20th century. Since then, we've had our share of Olympians. SB Nation asked me to do a post or two this week about Purdue's favorite Olympics moment. I would argue that ours hasn't happened yet since everyone who saw Ewry perform is now long dead.

Our moment is possibly going to happen in a few weeks thanks to David Boudia. Boudia left Purdue a year early to turn pro and train for the 2012 London Olympics. Even in only three years he became the most accomplished diver in NCAA history with six NCAA championships and two more runner-up finishes. He already has one Olympics under his belt, finishing fifth with Thomas Finchum in the Synchro Platform event at the 2008 games.

Boudia has an excellent chance of medalling here in London in a few week. he has qualified for the Synchro event as well as the ten meter platform, and was a silver medalist on the 10m platform at the World Championships last year. Nick Zaccardi at Sports Illustrated wrote that he is a contender in London:

But only David Boudia, a 23-year-old recently engaged Purdue student, is expcted to medal in London. The 2011 world silver medalist on the platform ran away with from the competition by outdistancing his nearest competitor by 60 points with a 15-dive total of 1,642.4 points (almost identical to his margin of victory in 2008, when he scored 1,642.2 points). But these trials were different because USA Diving brought in a group of international judges to dampen the score inflation that can often accompany national meets. Boudia will have his hands full in London with two Chinese divers (including favorite Qiu Bo), defending Olympic champion Australian Matthew Mitcham and the host country's best diver, 2009 world champion Tom Daley.

"We're not really focused on results," Boudia told NBC. (USA Diving's new philosophy is to stress performance, not medals.) "But I know there's still more in the tank."

David has an extensive list of diving accomplishments:


David will begin his quest for a medal on July 30th in the men's 10m Synchro Finals. the platform singles competition is August 9-10 near the end of the games.

Boudia is not the only Boilermaker in search of English gold next month. Later this week I'll have an exclusive interview with American record holder in the javelin Kara Patterson as she prepares for the Olympic Trials. Good luck to both David and Kara as they take on the world!

Celebrate the most compelling moments in Summer Games history with 'Memorable Moments' on Yahoo! Sports. Re-live moments such as Nadia Comaneci's perfect 10s in Montreal, Michael Phelps' record eight gold medals in Beijing, Carl Lewis' unforgettable four gold medals in Los Angeles, the spectacular success of the 1992 US Dream Team, Muhammad Ali in Rome and Atlanta, and any more!

These special moments are showcased through exclusive video, iconic photos, and stories on Yahoo!'s hub dedicated to the coverage of the Games. Enjoy the unique storytelling from Yahoo! Sports' award-winning writers and experts, as well as through the lens of Yahoo!'s users themselves.

Check out Memorable Moments on Yahoo! Sports!


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker