Olympian Boudia has new job, expecting a baby and is revealing his timeline for a retirement decision


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WTHR) - When he was seven, David Boudia decided he wanted to become an Olympian.

At 11, he switched sports, moving from gymnastics to diving. By 2008, he was competing for Team USA in Beijing. Now, he's 27 and trying to decide if he will compete in a fourth consecutive games.

The next Summer Games open in Japan in 1,247 days. Ever the planner, Boudia says he'll decide this November if it's time to retire.

"It's a hard decision. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I'm, like, 'I do have more in the tank' and I get that itch, but I've not once since Rio looked and been, like, 'Man, I miss training. I miss going to this competition.' I see posts of all my teammates going back to training and there's not, like, this burning desire in me to get back up on a three-story building and fling myself off and hurt the next day because you've trained really hard," Boudia said.

Boudia has already reached the pinnacle, winning Olympic gold in the men's 10-meter platform diving in London in 2012. Four years later, he was back on the podium again, winning bronze in the same event in Rio. Boudia also won bronze and silver, respectively, in 10-meter synchronized diving.

"I've been doing it so long," he said. "I'm 27 years old and I've been to three Olympic games. I've won four Olympic medals, what else is there for me in this sport?"

Boudia spoke exclusively with WTHR at his new Lafayette office, where he is starting a new career. Boudia recently earned his real estate license and is an agent for Keller Williams.

"Competition is kind of in my blood," said Boudia. Now, he's vying for listings and buyers.

"It is kind of humbling to go from the Olympic podium, millions of people watching you, (now) I'm in this little cube in the back corner of a room," he said.

Boudia is just a few weeks into the gig and is gradually getting the word out.

Keep in mind, he could instantly reach his 90,000 followers by posting his new business card on Instagram. For now, he's decided to not mix businesses and market to diving fans.

Part of the hesitation is that he's still not sure if he's ready to retire from the job he's had for 16 years.

"It's been my entire life," Boudia said. The decision is an ongoing conversation with his wife, Sonnie. They keep going over the pros and cons.

At the 2020 Games in Japan, Boudia would be 30, likely competing against top 16-year-olds. Throughout his diving career, Boudia says he's never had a major injury.

"If I can do it physically, then I know then I can do it mentally," Boudia said.

Another pro for Boudia is that if he continued to compete in World Diving events, he would maintain a global audience to share his Christian faith.

"Not beat them over the head about it, but just know that this is where I've found contentment and fulfillment and I hope the same for you," Boudia said.

To lighten the training load, Boudia said he is considering competing in just one event, instead of two.

"Looking at where I could be most competitive," he said.

That could mean competing in just synchronized platform, or perhaps moving down off the grueling tower and competing in one- or three-meter springboard.

When Boudia hits the water off the tower, he is traveling 30 miles per hour.

"It hurts, your body is constantly hurting," he said. "The only time is feels good is that two weeks during competition. The rest, you're just breaking it down constantly, trying to get stronger, trying to get better. The last four years, there's been more lows than highs. I don't want to wake up and go to practice and put my body through that. Two years before the Olympics, I was in this final in Dubai, I remember standing up on the 10 meter which was the top 6 in the world competing for these medals. I was like this isn't like the most fun I've ever had."

The fun these days for Boudia is with his family. Daughter Dakoda is now two years old.

"She is absolutely spicy and spunky and adorable at the same time," Boudia said. And she is about to become a big sister.

David and Sonnie adjusted their family planning because of Zika concerns after traveling to Rio last summer. But now a second child is on the way and Boudia says they may even have three children by the next Olympics.

"So, I can't say 'No, I'm retiring,' and I can't say, 'Yes, I'm going to go for Tokyo'," he said. "If I decide to do that, (I'll have to) figure out how that's going to work with a career in real estate and a career in diving and being able to spin the plates as well as possible and balance and juggle."

Boudia's business away from the pool includes a busy speaking schedule where he promotes his book "Greater Than Gold" and makes appearances for his sponsors. He has partnerships with P&G, Deloitte, TD Ameritrade, Smucker’s Uncrustables, Nike, Head & Shoulders and Zico Coconut Water.

David Boudia is keeping a busy speaking schedule in addition to his new real estate job.
David Boudia is keeping a busy speaking schedule in addition to his new real estate job.

His family is still living in the 1,600-square-foot ranch in Lafayette that Boudia bought as a bachelor. A new home is under construction and they plan to move later this year. He's already lined up a renter for the ranch. At Keller Williams, Boudia has "for sale" signs posted in a couple of yards.

"There may be more experienced agents, but they may have 90 listings. They can't focus on their one. So that's where I have an advantage," Boudia said.

Eventually, Boudia would like to be a developer. In the meantime, he’s enjoying the challenge of something new.

He likes being his own boss, and in charge of the next big decision saying, "If you don't have a plan, you plan to fail."

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