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David Boudia is one of the judges in the ABC reality competition series "Celebrity Diving." He is a diver who competed at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

David Boudia emerged as the leader of the U.S. diving contingent at the London Games, being the only one on the team to win two medals: a bronze in 10m synchro and a gold in 10-meter. His gold marks the first American win in that event since Greg Louganis in 1988.

David Boudia qualified in the platform events for the London Games: 10m and 10m synchro, the latter with his partner Nick McCrory. Boudia finished fourth in a FINA World Cup meet at the London venue in February, and the duo took fourth in synchro.

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."

Prior to 2011, the last time an American had won an individual platform medal was in 1986 (Greg Louganis). That changed at the Shanghai Worlds, where Boudia won silver in the event. "We all know that Greg Louganis is such a legend in our sport, and it's awesome to be able to share that title with him," Boudia said. He also earned platform synchro silver with Finchum at the 2009 Worlds.

Boudia's Olympic debut was in Beijing, where he finished 10th in the individual platform and fifth in the synchro platform, with then partner Thomas Finchum. Boudia said the highlight of the Games for him was walking into Beijing's Bird's Nest for the Opening Ceremony. "Someone started chanting USA, and it echoed the entire tunnel," Boudia said. "And as we walked out of the tunnel ... you had thousands of people cheering for you, lights going off. It was so surreal."

Boudia and Finchum finished third at the 2007 World Championships in the synchro event. They each had disappointing individual performances, but after beating the Chinese pair in prelims, realized that the Chinese are "beatable, not robots." Boudia said the medal was a big accomplishment that gave them confidence and motivation. Boudia and Finchum figure to be the best hopes for a U.S. diving medal. And Boudia's bronze at the World Cup in Beijing in February puts him in good position in the individual event as well.

After getting his start in gymnastics, Boudia was looking for another sport and tried diving when he went for free lessons with a friend. He did both soccer and diving for a while, but it wasn't long until diving took over. Boudia knew at age 7 he wanted to be an Olympian while watching the Opening Ceremony at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He tried different Olympic sports until he found the one that stuck, which happened to be diving.

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.


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Age: 27 years old
Birthday: April 24, 1989
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 161 lbs.
Birthplace: Abilene, TX
Hometown: Noblesville, IN
Current Residence: West Lafayette, IN

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