David Boudia PHOTO GALLERY: Purdue alumnus and Olympic diving chamption David Boudia meets attendees and sits down for a Q&A at the Leadership Speakers Series on Sept. 30 at the Indiana Roof Ballrom in Indianapolis. (Photos by Charles Jischke)

Olympic diving champion David Bouida makes a splash at annual speaker series

Alumni honored for leadership, service

Fresh off the Rio Olympics, where he captured silver and bronze medals, Purdue alumnus David Boudia keynoted the 16th annual Krannert Leadership Speakers Series on Sept. 29 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

Beginning his diving career at age 11, Boudia has found success throughout his athletic career. He has won 16 national titles, including six NCAA championships as a Purdue diver. He was a judge on the ABC television reality series Celebrity Splash in 2013. Boudia credits his strong Christian faith in helping guide him through the tough times, particularly the 2008 Olympics. He also has written a book, Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption.

Boudia, a 2013 graduate from Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts, is a four-time Olympic medalist. He took gold and bronze medals for finishing first and third in diving events at the 2012 London Olympics. He teamed with fellow Boilermaker Steele Johnson to claim silver in the 10-meter synchronized diving competition at the recently completed Rio Olympics before capturing the bronze medal in the 10-meter individual event. He is the first American diver to win individual 10-meter medals in back-to-back Olympics since Greg Louganis in 1984 and 1988.

The event also recognized distinguished Krannert alumni and the inaugural class of the Boiler Business Exchange “Business Hall of Fame.” Highlights included a video introduction of each honoree and comments from Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Krannert Dean David Hummels.

In addition to Boiler Business Exchange, the event sponsors were A.T. Kearney, Accenture, Gadomski Foundation, Eli Lilly, Republic Airways, Bowen Engineering, Inside Indiana Business, Lafayette Printing and Purdue Alumni. Net proceeds from event will be used to augment funding for Krannert scholarships. 

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