With so many well-skilled athletes on their way to compete in the 2012 Olympics in the days ahead, you may wonder what hometown heroes are in that mix? Lucky you, you came to the right place.
David Boudia, 23, a local athlete, graduated from Noblesville High School and traveled a short distance to attend college as a student at Purdue. Boudia is well-known for his diving ability in both the 10-meter and synchro.
Most do not realize the speed the divers reach when they hit the calm waters of the pool below. Boudia does. Hitting the water at approximately 35 miles per hour, Boudia admits he actually has a fear of climbing that tower he dives so skillfully from.
Boudia's father, Jim Boudia, tells the L.A. Times, "He was doing flips off the furniture, so we put him in gymnastics. He excelled, but he had an accident and broke his growth plate in his foot and then started getting burned out on gymnastics. A friend won a ticket to take a diving lesson from a national team coach and David took it. The coach, John Wingfield, saw how acrobatic David was and was thrilled."
There are high hopes that Boudia will be the first American to medal in diving since 2003. This local has already received several medals. In 2008, Boudia finished fifth in synchro and then 10th at the 10-meter dive at the Olympics in Beijing. In 2011, Boudia received a silver medal at the World Championships, becoming the first American to reach that level in that particular even for 26 years. Earlier this year, Boudia received a bronze medal at the World Series meets in Beijing and Moscow.
Other local heroes outside of the Hamilton County area:
- Morgan Uceny: track and field (1,500 meters)
Tune in, starting July 27, 2012 to watch the 2012 Summer Olympics.