WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Olympic Gold medalist and former Purdue National Champion David Boudia will make his return to competition at the USA Diving Grand Prix on May 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
After three months of rest and recuperation, David Boudia is back in the water and ready to compete. At the moment winning isn't important, but getting back into a routine is.
"Getting back into a regular training schedule and getting back into weight training, pilates, and yoga. Everything feeds from that so you can just be more diligent with your school work and balancing your schedule outside of that," said David Boudia.
The world's best divers from 16 countries will compete at the USA Diving Grand Prix. After winning Olympic Gold, Boudia understands going in with the correct mindset and approach is more important than results.
"Best case scenario if we are talking placing wise, I definitely would love to place top three but I'm going in there like the Olympic games to go in and dive how I've prepared and hopefully walk away with some learning experiences again," said Boudia.
Global success brings recognition, endless opportunities, and of course pressure. Which is why Boudia continues to train with his coach and former teammates by his side. They are extra sets of eyes and ears who always keep him grounded.
"We've seen many Olympic athletes really fold after the Olympics and deal with depression especially after winning a gold medal. I mean all of these things can definitely challenge somebody to keep their perspective on what's important," said Adam Soldati.
"They don't let any of the status that I have go to my head which is awesome. I love to be humbled by them but any time a camera comes around they dog me. I don't know why but they definitely keep me grounded," said Boudia.
Following competition in Fort Lauderdale, Boudia will take part in the World Championship trials in Tallahassee, Florida. Those trials will set the field for the World Championships which will be held in Barcelona in July.
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