After claiming to be only at sixty percent for this weekend’s FINA USA Grand Prix in Florida – a tune-up for trials and (maybe) worlds later this year – London 10m platform champ David Boudia won silver at his first event since last summer to prove that when you’re good, you’re just that good.
“I’m super pleased for where I am right now,” Boudia told the Associated Press. “I’m just glad to be in the competition where I can be competitive with the Chinese at this stage. Diving is a sport that is totally mentally and it’s the windiest day I’ve dove in in a very long time.”
China’s Yanquan Zhang won the event with a total score of 521.00 to edge Boudia, who finished with 518.60. And that’s after Boudia scored 16.20 fewer points on his final dive than Zhang, with both performing a 2.5 backwards 2.5 twist.
“That last dive’s been giving me some trouble,” Boudia admitted. “It’s like just one degree if you fall back on it. It’s like if you force a golf swing it doesn’t work. And it’s the dive I won the Olympics with.”
We’re sure he’ll have the kinks worked out by worlds.
Amy Purdy made her name as a snowboardcross bronze medalist at the Sochi Paralympics and runner-up on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.
In September, she’ll combine both.
Purdy will perform as a dancer in the Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony on Sept. 7, in addition to being an NBC reporter during the Games.
She was told her performance will be four to five minutes. On “Dancing with the Stars,” her performances were about 90 seconds, she said. She traveled to Rio for a week of rehearsals in July.
Purdy, 36, survived bacterial meningitis in 1999 but lost both her legs and later needed a kidney from her father at age 20.
“I’m most excited about the concept of this dance,” Purdy said. “Just the idea of man versus machine. A lot of times we feel really limited because of our prosthetics. But this dance, hopefully, will kind of shatter those borders a little bit and allow me to move my body in a way I haven’t done before.”
Purdy is an innovator. She built her own snowboard and is seen as instrumental in getting her sport into the Paralympic program beginning in 2014.
A model, she’s been in a Madonna music video, a Super Bowl commercial, ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue and competed on “The Amazing Race” in 2012.
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Lindsey Vonn‘s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” will air on NBC on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
From NBC Universal:
“After roaring across crystal-clear waters in a speedboat, Bear and Lindsey must strip down and swim to shore before inching their way along the rugged coastline. After rappelling down a sheer rock wall, the two get inventive and use a spear-gun to traverse a hundred-foot deep chasm. With the sun setting, they collect a dinner of sea urchins and Bear challenges Lindsey to a swimming competition with hilarious results. Along the way Lindsey shares her journey of love, Olympic glory, and displays the focus and determination that has made her one of the most successful female athletes of all time.”
Vonn is returning from a Feb. 27 crash that left her with three significant left knee fractures.
With 76 career World Cup wins, she is 10 shy of the record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.
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