What it Takes to Become Springboard Diving Olympians like David Boudia and Steele Johnson

What it Takes to Become Springboard Diving Olympians like David Boudia and Steele Johnson

With the Olympic diving trials having just finished, America is holding its breath for men’s synchronized diving team partners David Boudia and Steele Johnson, as they have been selected to compete against the best divers in the world in Rio this summer. David Boudia first entered the sport of diving by joining a springboard diving team for kids just Like Dive San Diego where he went on to compete in the Speedo National Junior Diving Championships in 2003, on to the US Open in 2006 where he placed first, and now in 2016 he has reached his dream of competing in the Olympic Games. Like his partner, Steele Johnson also began diving at an aquatics club center well on his way to becoming a 15-time winning junior national champion. Steele Johnson has faced a great obstacle that most people would automatically view as a career-stopper. Although accidents in diving are extremely rare, on January 21 in 2009 at age 12, Steele struck his head on a concrete platform doing a reverse 3 ½ summersault in a tuck position that ripped his scalp in half. He fell 33 feet into the water and was motionless until being rescued by his coach. Steele was able to apply what he learned from the accident to become a more successful athlete. In an interview on YouTube the Johnson says, “Something that almost killed me has become the thing that I’m best at”. Just a glance at their backgrounds, and a few things become very clear when asking what it takes to become Olympic divers like these guys: (1) start out young at an...