Dec. 3, 2012
Boudia After Gold Feature in Purdue Alumnus Magazine
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Former Purdue diver and two-time Olympic medalist David Boudia announced he has signed on to be one of the three judges on a new reality show focused on diving set to air on ABC television in 2013.
The new show will be based on the international format utilized by "Celebrity Splash," which has set ratings records in the Netherlands and has also been sold to television production companies in Great Britain, France and Australia. "Celebrity Splash" features celebrities performing specific dives of varying difficulties and from assorted heights. The contestants receive coaching and assistance from professional coaches and athletes before performing on camera in front of Boudia and the rest of the judges.
Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis has also been confirmed to be a member of the judging panel for the ABC version of the show to be televised in the United States. Louganis (1988) was the last American man to win gold in the 10-meter platform at the Olympics before Boudia did so this summer in London. Boudia also won a bronze medal in synchronized 10-meter diving with partner Nick McCrory at the 2012 Olympics.
"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, noting he's excited to be part of a series with broad family appeal. "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."
Boudia is currently enrolled in classes at Purdue as he finishes up his degree in communication. He 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.