Going into the Prelims of the 10meter event we felt the normal family pre-competition jitters, our thoughts about David's performance was that he would pace himself the way he normally does in these kind of prelim events that have 30 or more divers. Over the years David has adopted a skill set to be able to manage long ques between dives, it has served him well at National and International events.
With 6 divers left in the final round David was 17th - with two of the six divers being UK divers who had a legitimate shot at knocking David out of the competition. We expected Tom Daly to perform his final dive well (he always does!), which left Pete needing a perfect dive to punch his ticket. I have seen him do this dive perfectly and I knew it was in his wheelhouse to be able to do this. It proved to be to much for Pete and David made it into the semi's.
What a lesson in humility...
It was late when we returned to our flat (after midnight on Sat), and we had to be back at Olympic park by 0800 the next day for Semi's.
David's fate rested clearly in Gods hands, he had accepted it, his fantastic coach and his wife accepted it - inwardly we all had accepted it; outwardly we were all nervous wrecks! Seeing David before the start of the Semi's I could see the confidence back in his face - all of us knew after David's first dive that he had recovered from the prelims.
David's faith has instilled this incredible peace within him - its the foundation for his approach to life and his diving, and its absolutely amazing to see Gods will at work through him.
David finished semi's solidly in 3rd behind the GB's Tom Daly and in front the powerhouse Chinese. Since David is a bit of an adrenaline junky its only fitting that he compete for the finals in the position he was seeded so he could feed off of the performance of the home town favorite.
We spent the day in Olympic Park with my sister her husband and the Brand family - we are so grateful for such incredible support of David through all of this; and what great fellowship to have family with you through these crazy events.
Olympic Park was packed with folks from Track and Field venue, the Basketball venue, the BMX track venue - it was literally a sea of people - truly amazing sight. The 10meter Finals was one of the premier events and was strategically scheduled as a key event to watch, just another item that added to the anxiety of the day. Bob Kravitz one of Indianapolis's key sportswriters caught up with us before the event to wish us luck, it was nice to see the local coverage for David.
After introductions, Sheilagh and I were repositioned in different seats (Bob called them the "Cheapseats") and we got settled in to watch. Round by round it all seems like a blur, kind of like an out of body experience. Looking up to see David leading this pack of incredible divers round after round was unbelievable, he was absolutely unflappable! Sheilagh said her heart was going to explode and I had to remind her to breathe. When the 5th round scoring summary came up - we were absolutely blown away. 1st 2nd and 3rd separated by less then .15 of a point... Holy Crap! And David was tied for second with the Chinese diver who was heavily favored to win. Both David and Bo had higher degree of difficulty dives then Tom which put those two in pretty good shape to overcome the home town favorite.
This is the part that truly blows me away, with Tom getting a 10 and other high marks it was up to David to "do what he does". This all seems like a slow motion video to me as I watched David's final Dive. His takeoff from the tower was strong and clean as he was spinning, he had a great pike out into a comeout just above the 3meter were he lined up the entry and punched into the water - I just knew it was going to be something special and I couldn't contain myself. I realized that I had jumped to my feet screaming - I think the folks in our section thought I was crazy...
Bo needed 102 points to beat David, both Sheilagh and I simply looked at the scoreboard and realized that David had just secured the silver medal we looked at each other shaking our heads in disbelief. When Bo went into the water hitting his dive a little short we both started thinking "could this really be?" When the scores came up, all I could do was bury my face in my hands, thank God for revealing his glory and saying a prayer of thanks. Sheilagh and I stood up and cried in each others arms.
|David Boudia - Olympic Champion|