olympic gold medalist David Boudia announced his retirement from diving.
Boudia, who won gold in the 10-meter platform at the 2012 London Olympics, made the announcement on social media on Wednesday.
“What a ride it was! The time has come to officially announce my retirement from the sport that has shown me so much.
Diving has provided so many things I never dreamed I could do. Yes, winning the Olympics is the most notable accolade and hearing my name “Olympic Champion” still sometimes sends shivers down my spine, but even more so, it was through diving that I found my purpose in life: “glorify God and enjoy it forever.
It is with great contentment and excitement that I close this chapter and move on to the next. You always hear people say you’ll know when it’s time to hang up and I never really believed that. I’m doing it now. I made my last dive at the Olympic trials in 2021 and the following months were difficult. But since that dive, not once have I had the feeling of “I need to come back”. As many of you know, I coach alongside Adam Soldati at Purdue University and couldn’t be more eager to continue learning from one of the best. I look forward to continuing to be immersed in the world of diving as a coach and to see what the next chapter has in store for us. All eyes on Paris 2024, just in a new role!
Finally, as I hinted in my post after the tryouts last year, there are so many people to thank that it’s almost impossible not to miss anyone. So for that, I’ll say thank you (and say it in person when I see you!”
David Boudia has participated in three Olympic Games. In 2008, he finished fifth in the 10 meter synchro and 10th in the 10 meter individual. In 2012, in addition to gold in the 10 meters, he won the bronze medal in the 10 meters synchro. In 2016 in Rio, he won silver in the 10-meter synchro and bronze in the 10-meter individual, earning him six career Olympic medals.
Boudia, a stunning 21-time national champion, also won four silver medals at the World Championships, becoming the first American to win a 10-meter medal three times in a row since Greg Louganis.
He also played on the college scene, winning six NCAA championships for Purdue.