Congratulations to David Boudia, 23, for becoming the first U.S. diver to win the men’s 10m platform since Greg Louganis in 1988! Pretty damn good for a guy who was afraid of heights as a kid and didn’t climb the platform until he was 13.
Boudia and Great Britain’s Tom Daley (pictured, right), held off the Chinese favorite to win, Qiu Bo, with consistent, confident dives in the first five rounds. The final round was possibly the most exciting in a men’s platform final ever, with Daley’s fans going nuts and only 15 one-hundreths of a point separating the top three heading in. Boudia won the final by just one tenth of a point. And get this — the Indiana native had been the very last diver out of 18 to qualify for yesterday’s semifinals! So this almost didn’t happen. READ FULL STORY