Olympic Diver David Boudia on Grooming with Head and Shoulders



There aren’t many days a year where I can say I generally “don’t care” what my hair looks like. I’m usually pretty particular about what my bangs, my part, what have you. Turns out, me and David Boudia have that in common.

Now, I wish I could say it was that both of us had won gold at the London Olympics (I definitely didn’t take home the gold in 2012), but hey, we can’t have everything.
In honor of Head & Shoulders’ Shoulders of Greatness Campaign, which is an intiative all about the challenges athletes carry with them, we had the chance to chat with David about his crazy training sessions, stress, and, obviously, his grooming routine.

Since we’re very clearly #beautyobsessed, let’s kick things off with a look into his routine. Is he an after-shave kind of guy? Does he have to have product in his dive bag? What’s his grooming jam?

David tells me that he definitely takes more showers than the average Joe (chlorine will do that to you), but he’s v. into his hair.

While he says that Head & Shoulders has helped him stop worrying about dandruff, he also doesn’t fool around with styling.

“If you ask my wife, she’ll tell you that I’m annoyingly particular about how my hair looks. So, I gotta have that hard part—making sure it looks clean,” he says. “She actually cut the back of my neck with clippers and she said ‘Oops,’ and I turned around real fast and she freaked out. I’m like, ‘You can’t say oops when you’re cutting the back of my hair.’”

While that sitch sounds stressful (also kind of hilarious), David definitely has to deal with greater sources of stress — aka, acing his dives.

So how does he handle that anxiety?

“So the mental game for elite athletes is crucial, especially for my sport. When you’re diving off of a 3-story building and you’re mental game is off, then it’s not gonna build up. I had to learn from a really young age how to control my heart rate and use breathing exercises to make sure that my body and brain is calm and also visualizing it, so closing my eyes and seeing it in my head. So that often takes off a lot of stress,” he says.

And if you were wondering what types of workouts David is doing out of the water, he tells us that he’s training with exercises like squats, Pilates, yoga, and working on achieving a “rock solid core.”

Can you say intense?

But then again, with two Olympic medals to his name, his hard work pays off—without a doubt.

David Boudia and synchro partner extend lead at U.S. Diving Olympic Trials

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David Boudia and Steele Johnson continued to build on their runaway lead in the men’s synchronized 10m platform semifinal competition at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials on Sunday from Indianapolis.

The pair now leads their nearest competitors by 124.98 points with a total of 835.56 points. Their highest scoring dive, a inward three and a half somersault tuck, reached 90.78 points. The mark was the only one to clear 90 points throughout the semifinal.

Their only flub during the semifinal was on the pair’s fifth dive, a forward four and a half somersault tuck, when Boudia entered the water underrotated. Still, that dive scored 68.82 points.

“I think [Johnson] would say his last dive he wishes he would’ve done a little better. I was the extremely weak link in this competition. I missed my last two dives terribly and those are the kind of dives that you don’t expect to do that,” Boudia said through USA Diving.

Boudia, the individual platform gold medalist from the 2012 Olympics, earned a bronze medal at the London Games in the synchronized event alongside then-partner Nick McCrory. The new odd couple – Johnson turned 20 on June 16, while Boudia is celebrating Father’s Day today – The pair teamed up soon after the London Games and found moderate international success. The pair finished fifth at the 2015 World Championships in the synchronized platform event.

Boudia and Johnson have a long history together, though; they both grew up in the Indianapolis suburbs and teenaged Boudia would often drive a then-10-year-old Johnson to practice.

Earlier Sunday in the preliminary round, Boudia and Johnson raced to a 70.26 point lead over their nearest competitors, totaling 416.52 points.

Their third dive, an inward three and a half somersault tuck, was their highest scoring of the round at 85.44 points.

Scores are cumulative through each round – preliminary, semifinal and final – at diving Trials. However, no teams are eliminated as they move into Thursday night’s final.

Pairs Ryan Hawkins and Toby Stanley sit in second place with 710.58 points, followed by Max Showalter and Zachary Cooper in third with 698.46 points while Benjamin Bramley and Maxwell Flory rounding out the field in fourth with 666.00 points.

David Boudia Partners With Head & Shoulders for Rio Games! 

Head & Shoulders 

Olympic Gold Medalist Diver David Boudia is preparing for his journey to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as Head & Shoulders’ newest ambassador. Fans can see David in the brand’s newest ad, which launched today, highlighting everything that Olympians carry on their shoulders on the road to Rio – hopes, dreams, years of training, dedication, and the drive to perform their best. The one thing that you won’t find on their shoulders? Dandruff. Because shoulders were made for greatness, not dandruff. 

A Day In The Life of Tatyana McFadden


Consider the time and energy Usain Bolt spends to become the world’s fastest sprinter. Now imagine he was also training for a marathon. And studying for classes.

That is a day in the life of Tatyana McFadden.

McFadden, who is known as “The Beast,” covers more than 100 miles per week as she trains for races ranging from the 100m to the marathon. 

“Every day feels like Groundhog Day,” she said. 

McFadden described her training schedule to NBCOlympics.com while attending the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards gala. 

6:40 a.m.: Wake up

McFadden sets her alarm clock extra early to allow herself the flexibility to hit the snooze button several times before she starts her day at 7 a.m.

As soon as she gets out of bed, she reaches for her water bottle and begins hydrating for her morning workout. She eats yogurt and gets her mind in training mode. 

like to be light in the morning,” McFadden said. “I really don’t eat too much.”

8 a.m.: Morning workout

The 10-time Summer Paralympic medalist adjusts her workout throughout the year. 

In the spring and summer, she focuses on sprinting and getting faster. In the fall, strength and volume is the priority as she gets ready for marathon season. She lifts light weights in the winter, strengthening her back, shoulders and wrists to speed up recovery. 

10 a.m.: Breakfast 

After her grueling morning workout, McFadden eagerly looks forward to breakfast. Her favorites include pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, smoothies and more yogurt.

“I make the biggest breakfast ever,” McFadden said. “I am trying to recover quickly.”

McFadden, who was born paralyzed from the waist down due to spina bifida, wants to use her experiences to help children overcome their own obstacles. Her goal is to become a Certified Child Life Specialist, which the Child Life Council defines a professional who helps “children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events.”

McFadden graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in human development, and served as child life services intern for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in 2014. She continues to take classes as she works towards the certification.

“It’s great to keep your mind busy,” McFadden said.

1 p.m.: Lunch

Unlike breakfast, McFadden keeps lunch “medium sized” with a mix of protein and carbs. A typical lunch could include spinach salad, pasta, fruit and some form of protein. 

She then eats another snack at around 2:30 p.m.

“I’m eating all day,” McFadden said.

3:30 p.m.: Afternoon workout

McFadden gets to explore Champaign, Ill. during her 12-14 mile afternoon workout. She regularly changes her route to keep from getting bored. She also takes advantage of the terrain to work on various techniques, such as turning and going uphill and downhill. 

“It’s nice not being on the track all of the time,” McFadden said. 

6 p.m.: Dinner

A large, well-deserved dinner awaits McFadden after her afternoon workout. She aims to consume at least 2,000 calories per day.  

“Marathon training is really strenuous,” McFadden said. “You need all of that food to recover.”

She unwinds by studying or watching a movie. She also eats a snack before bed.

10:30 p.m.: Bedtime

“I get ready to do it all again!” McFadden said.

Olympian Shawn Johnson Talks Newlywed Life With People Magazine

People Magazine
Olympic Gold medalist Shawn Johnson is loving her newlywed life – even if she’s living out of a hotel room! 

Johnson, 24, and her NFL hubby Andrew East of the Oakland Raiders moved to California the day after their private Tennessee farm wedding in April. 

The pair has been residing in team housing and will continue to do so until summer training camp when East finds out if he has a spot on the team. Johnson says the situation is “not ideal,” but they make it work. 

“I’m cooking on a skillet that I bought from Target!” Johnson tells PEOPLE at the recent Manhattan Dairy Queen iced coffee and frappé happy hour launch. “We aren’t leading a very glamorous lifestyle right now. We are traveling like crazy, but it’s fun.” 

She pauses and smiles, “It’s still so, so cool that I get to call him my husband!” 

Johnson says she and East aren’t thinking about kids anytime soon – but the couple definitely wants a “big family” when the time is right. 

“I’m an only child, but family is my life and I want a big one,” says Johnson. “And Andrew comes from a huge family, so it just makes sense.” 

And when the time does come for kids, Johnson says she isn’t sure she wants them to pursue gymnastics. 

“I would do it over again in a heartbeat, but I don’t think I could stand to see my own child go through the intensity of gymnastics,” she admits. “I think gymnastics is the greatest sport in the world for recreational sports but that intensity would scare me for my kid.” 

She adds, “When you think of what you’ve gone through personally, you could never think of someone, your child especially, going through that.”

Johnson says the only gymnastics coach she would trust to mentor any future children – should they show an interest in gymnastics – is famed trainer Liang Chow, the coach that led her to Olympic gold at the 2008 Games. 

“He called me when I got married and he was like when can I have your baby [to coach]?” says Johnson with a laugh. “I was like calm down, that’s weird! It’s too early!” 

Still, “We’re definitely going to have athletic babies,” she says. “We live for sports.”