WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Former Purdue diver and two-time Olympic Medalist is one of the three judges on the new reality TV show "Splash," which is set to debut on the ABC Television Network Tuesday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET.
Boudia will team with fellow Olympic gold medalist and diving legend Greg Louganis as well as USA Diving team director Steve Foley to comprise the three-judge panel that will critique the dives performed by the 10 celebrity contestants on the show.
The contestants receive instruction before they begin competition from the 10-meter platform high dive towers. They will also perform synchronized dives with a partner. Season one contestants are highlighted by NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, musician Drake Bell, and NFL player Ndamukong Suh. All contestants are competing for a specific charity of their choice.
"One of the things I'm so excited about is to see celebrities, who probably have never used a diving board outside of a backyard pool, understand the real difficulties and challenges of diving, and the commitment you need to get really good," Boudia told the Hollywood Reporter in November when he was announced as a judge. "They may not be my competitors in Rio in 2016, but I know they will develop a new appreciation for our sport, and become the kind of advocates that inspire young divers."
"You just look at all these dancing and singing shows, more people are doing ball room dancing," Boudia told the Purdue Exponent. "If we can get [diving] out there in any way we can, like this show, that's awesome. Diving isn't a big sport. If it could get to the point like other sports there could be great opportunities for other kids."
Louganis (1988) was the last American man to win gold in the 10-meter platform at the Olympics before Boudia did so last summer in London. Boudia also won a bronze medal in synchronized 10-meter diving with partner Nick McCrory at the 2012 Olympics. Boudia was a six-time NCAA champion for the Boilermakers, winning three consecutive Purdue Male Athlete of the Year awards as well as the 2011 Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year.
"Splash" is based on the international format utilized by "Celebrity Splash," which set ratings records in the Netherlands and was also sold to television production companies in Great Britain, France and Australia.
Season One Splash Contestants Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Hall of Famer
Louis Anderson, Comedian/Actor
Drake Bell, Musician/Actor
Chuy Bravo, TV Personality/Actor
Rory Bushfield, Extreme Skier
Nicole Eggert, Actress
Keshia Knight Pulliam, Actress
Ndamukong Suh, Pro Football Player
Katherine Webb, Beauty Pageant Contestant
Kendra Wilkinson, TV Personality/Glamour Girl