David Boudia switching to gymnastics?

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    Aug 29, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    Well, this is quite interesting. He won his own gold medal in diving, yet he was inspired by McKayla Maroney during the Olympics? Go figure!

    Sadly he's wrong about the bit of Olympians competing in different sports. I know there have been some former Olympic gymnasts who have competed at the Olympics in diving (other sports too).

    http://www.wlfi.com/dpp/sports/Boudia-gymnastics-an-Olympic-possibility


    Boudia: Gymnastics an Olympic possibility
    Olympic diving gold medalist inspired by Maroney

    Updated: Thursday, 16 Aug 2012, 1:33 PM EDT
    Published : Thursday, 16 Aug 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Mike Cleff
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Olympic diving gold medalist and former Purdue national champion David Boudia said Thursday that he's considering competing in gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero.

    Boudia, who hinted at the possibility of competing in another sport prior to leaving for London last month, says fellow gold medalist McKayla Maroney, who was a member of the "Fierce Five" U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics team, played a key role in his dual sport possibility.

    "You watch McKayla Maroney, she'd be an incredible diver, " Boudia said Thursday at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center on the campus at Purdue University, where Boudia won six NCAA championships. "She kind of inspired me. I think it's possible."

    Boudia said he would only compete in vaulting-related gymnastics events.

    "This could be a very outside shot but I'm a big dreamer," Boudia said. "Dreaming's not a bad thing."

    Boudia, who competed in gymnastics during his childhood years before transitioning to diving , says that gymnast Bridget Sloan, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist, used to train near where Boudia has trained in Indianapolis. Boudia says that he's considering getting in touch with Sloan's coach for possible gymnastics training.

    Boudia also says he plans on competing with Nick McCrory again in the 10-meter synchronized platform diving event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero , the competition in which Boudia and McCrory won a bronze medal during the Summer Olympics in London.

    Boudia says that he's leaning toward not competing in the 10-meter platform event, the competition in which he won his gold medal, but might compete individually in the "lower board" diving events.

    As for gymnastics, Boudia says it fits his ambitious personality.

    "I don't think it's ever happened. That an athlete has gone into an Olympics doing two different sports. The reality of that happening is probably slim and none. But I'm a big dreamer so let's see."
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    Aug 29, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    Believe me, ANY sport that David Boudia competes in I'll be watching.!
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    Aug 29, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    Imagine David with a gymnast's body!

    The possibilities are staggering!!
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    Aug 29, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    This will be interesting to follow if Boudia is actually serious about it. A lot of former gymnasts switch to diving but not the reverse. He has a tough road ahead, but no doubt that another hot bod and pretty face is welcome to the world of gymnastics!
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    Aug 29, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    This is interesting but surely impossible, particularly since he's only planning "vaulting related gymnastics events"(?). Won't he have to get a decent All-Around score at a Level 10 qualifier before he becomes elite level - this preceding the chance to follow the elite level only path to Olympic trials?
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    Aug 29, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidWell, this is quite interesting. He won his own gold medal in diving, yet he was inspired by McKayla Maroney during the Olympics?
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    Aug 29, 2012 6:15 AM GMT
    galant506 saidThis is interesting but surely impossible, particularly since he's only planning "vaulting related gymnastics events"(?). Won't he have to get a decent All-Around score at a Level 10 qualifier before he becomes elite level - this preceding the chance to follow the elite level only path to Olympic trials?


    Well, he might be able to bypass the hurdles because he's over 18. Level 10 maxes out at 18 years of age. Anyone older than that can go collegiate or senior elite.

    Reference: USAG Men's Rules & Policies: Sec. V: D6.

  • NorthChinaLi

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    Aug 29, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    he looks very hot and very gay.
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    Aug 29, 2012 12:06 PM GMT
    I've met him at a diving meet before. He walks with the "light of God". So he definitely looks like a complete homo but isn't. He is a nice guy though icon_smile.gif