David Boudia, Steele Johnson qualify for Rio in 10m synchronized platform
David Boudia officially punched his ticket to the 2016 Olympics by winning the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform event with partner Steele Johnson U.S. Diving Olympic Trials, held June 16–26 at the Natatorium in Indianapolis. The pair scored 238.02 points more than the second-place team of Ryan Hawkins and Toby Stanley.
The Rio Games will be Boudia’s third Olympics, and he looks to become the first diver to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals since Greg Louganis accomplished the feat in 1984 and ’88. This will be Johnson’s first Olympic Games.
Boudia, 27, pulled off a stunning upset over China as he won a gold medal on 10-meter at the 2012 London Olympics. Since London, he got married and has become a father while also winning silver medals at the 2013 and ’15 world championships. This season, he has not won any individual medal at four World Series events.
At the U.S. trials, two divers will qualify for Rio Olympics in each individual event (three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform), plus three teams of two divers each in synchronized events.
So far, Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon will represent the U.S. in the men’s three-meter synchro event, and Amy Cozad and Jessica Parratto will head to Rio to compete in the women’s 10-meter platform synchro event.