David Boudia: 5 Things To Know About The Diver Looking To Defend His Olympic Gold In Rio

In the years since his Olympic debut, diver David Boudia has become the face of USA Diving. Now headed to his third Olympic Games, the 27-year-old diver and Texas native is hoping to do something that no one has done since the 1980s — repeat as Olympic champion. In Rio, Boudia is slated to compete in the individual and the synchronized 10m platform events. His synchro partner is Steele Johnson.

Below, you’ll find five facts to help you get to know this accomplished Olympic diver ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

1. Boudia decided he would become and Olympian more than 20 years ago.

While watching the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, a seven-year-old David set a goal and made up his mind to become an Olympian, according to his website. Just 12 short years later, Boudia found himself competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he finished 10th in the 10m platform and fifth in the synchronized 10m platform events.