Boudia began his diving career at age 11 in 2000. Though a dive from the height of an Olympic 10-meter platform once petrified him, he forced himself to overcome this fear to pursue the sport he loved. By 2005 he was a member of the U.S. National Diving Team and won the National Championships that year (synchro). He was homeschooled after 10th grade to focus on diving, with an eye on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. From 2006-2008 David and his diving partner, Thomas Finchum medaled in 14 major international competitions (10 consecutive). Boudia was named to the 2008 Olympic Team, finishing 10th individual in the 10m platform, and 5th with Finchum in the synchronized 10m.
David competed at Purdue University where he broke several records and won a host of major competitions, finishing his college career with six NCAA national titles. While at Purdue he continued to thrive on the international stage as well- including five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, also becoming the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship with his Silver medal-winning performance in China. David officially turned pro in April 2011, forgoing his final year of college eligibility to focus on the 2012 Olympics, but he continues to train with his college coach at Purdue.
Boudia won two medals at the 2012 Olympics in London, including a thrilling final-round performance in the individual 10m platform that won him the Gold medal. He also won Bronze with partner Nick McCrory in the synchronized 10m platform, becoming the first American duo to medal in the event, and the first Olympic medal for the U.S. in men’s diving since the 1996 Games in Atlanta- the Olympic Games that first captured David’s eye. He also won Silver with Steele Johnson in 2016 in Rio, where he boldly shared his faith on international television.
Boudia credits his faith for helping him be not only a better husband and father but also a better athlete. His book Great Than Gold tells of how Jesus changed his life and gave him true purpose. The former Olympian now spends his time sharing the Gospel and challenging audiences to find their purpose in Christ.