It’s been almost a year since David Boudia won his somewhat surprising 10m platform gold in London, but the two-time Olympic medalist said he’s ready to get back in the water at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix this weekend. Well, not entirely ready.
“I’m not looking to go in there and sweep away everything in the competition, but I’m going in there like the Olympic Games: to just go in, dive how I’ve prepared, and hopefully walk away with some learning experience again.”
Boudia, who admitted he was a bit nervous about returning to competition, hasn’t really been far from the pool during his layoff. Instead, he’s been helping the celebrities of ABC’s Splash become pro divers in their own right.
“It was cool to see what the celebrities did in the ten weeks they had to prepare. It shows how brutal this sport is, how hard it is, and that not everyone can just get up there and go and look like an Olympian.”
Boudia said he’s using the Florida meet as a tuneup for the USA Diving World Championships Trials in Tallahassee next week, as he aims to earn a spot at worlds in Barcelona this summer. If he qualifies, it’s expected to be his only other event on the calendar in 2013.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.