Indianapolis to host 2016 US Olympic diving trials
USA Diving, in partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, has announced Indianapolis will be the host city for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Diving Trials. The Trials will determine the divers who will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Atlanta and Indianapolis were the two finalists selected after a committee of USA Diving staff and board members conducted site visits with six potential host sites. The committee also visited Greensboro, N.C.; Minneapolis; Riverside, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz.
"The Olympic Trials are the most important event we hold," USA Diving President and CEO Linda Paul said.
The nation's top divers will compete for a space on the diving Olympic team at the IUPUI Natatorium after a renovation there is complete. A recent study revealed the facility needs nearly $18 million in repairs, including a new roof, a new HVAC and lighting system. The venue cost $21 million to build in 1982, and would cost nearly $75 million to replace.
The Natatorium is the former home pool of US Olympic gold medalist David Boudia. Boudia earned gold in the individual ten-meter event in London, 2012. Boudia grew up in Noblesville, and went to Purdue University.
"We pride ourselves on the Amateur Sports Capital of the World and I think this helps kind of carry and move this forward. We have three years to kind of build the hype for the Olympic Trials and hopefully we'll see everyone in the Indianapolis area and community come out and support this," Boudia said.
On Monday, USA Diving announced Boudia will receive USA Diving's Athlete of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in his career. Boudia won the silver medal on 10-meter at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona this summer. He also won silver on that event at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix.
USA Diving committee is also consulting with USOC broadcast partner NBC. NBC and NBC Sports provided 14 hours of live and taped diving coverage of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving and will provide similar coverage of the 2016 Trials.