To win an Olympic Gold Medal, to be the very best in your sport at age 19 is a daunting challenge. With so much of your life left to live, it’s harrowing to think that no matter what else you accomplish, the first line of your obituary has already been written.
At the 2012 US Olympic Trials for gymnastics, Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in the women’s all-around, was preparing to qualify for a return trip to the Games in London.
“I was doing the bars, which is my best event,” she remembers. “There’s always more pressure on me for bars, because I usually have a point-and-a-half advantage over everyone else. As I was going through my routine, I face-planted in front of 20,000 people. For the first time in my career, I had a standing ovation. I thought to myself, ‘Why are these people cheering for me?’ That was a special moment. I started to realize that there is something inside of me besides Nastia Liukin: Gymnast. I was beginning to realize that not everything in my life was going to be defined by these moments in gymnastics. There was going to be more to my life than that.” (read more)
David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) and Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) won the bronze medal in men’s synchronized 10-meter Wednesday at the FINA Diving World Cup, the top international meet of the 2014 season.
Boudia and Johnson scored 414.12 points to finish third behind China’s Lin Yue and Cao Yuan (494.46) and Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein (444.78).
It was the first international competition together for Boudia and Johnson.
“We’re a new synchro team. Steele and I have never done 10-meter synchro together at a major competition before. I thought we dove solid, and this is a good stepping stone for the next two years,” said Boudia, who won Olympic bronze in 10-meter synchro with Nick McCrory two years ago in London. (read more)
David Boudia is becoming a new father and trying new events. Although it can be tedious to bide time in between Olympic Games, the Noblesville diver says that is not the case.
“I have had such a fresh perspective change this year in training and a new-found passion for this sport, which has a lot to do with my amazing wife and now soon-to-be daughter,” Boudia said via e-mail from a training camp in Shantou, China. “They both make me want to go into training and work hard for them.” (read more)
Olympic medalists David Boudia, Abby Johnston and Nick McCrory are among the 12 divers set to compete for Team USA at the FINA Diving World Cup, set for July 15-20 in Shanghai. The World Cup is the top international meet of the 2014 season and is the last major world competition before Olympic qualifying begins next summer.
Boudia will have a busy schedule as he’s slated to compete in three events. He’ll dive synchronized 10-meter with 18-year-old World Cup rookie Steele Johnson, and for the first time at a World Cup or World Championships, he’ll add individual 3-meter and synchronized 3-meter (with first-time World Cup team member Sam Dorman, who paired with Boudia for synchro wins at the 2013 USA Diving Winter Nationals and 2014 World Cup Synchro Trials) to his schedule. The only event Boudia won’t dive is his specialty, the individual 10-meter. He didn’t compete that event at winter nationals, where the individual World Cup spots were determined. (read more)
Erin Hamlin has been all over the world. She has luged her way to a world championship and an Olympic bronze medal.
But for all of her worldly accomplishments and adventures, there’s one milestone in her own backyard that she has yet to achieve: Running the Utica Boilermaker Road Race. (read more)