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.

Indy among six stops on Road to Rio tour

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World Champ qualifiers 2015

Indianapolis will be one of six stops on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour ahead of August’s Olympic Games.

The tour stops in Indy on June 24-25, coinciding with the U.S. Olympic Trials in diving at the Natatorium at IUPUI.

The tour features meet-and-greet opportunities with athletes, interactive sports elements, athlete demonstrations, Team USA giveaways and live entertainment.

Noblesville’s David Boudia, an Olympic champion diver and Purdue graduate, will be among the athletes appearing in the 100-day countdown event April 27 on NBC’s “Today” show and at New York’s Times Square.

Other pre-Olympics stops are Oklahoma City, Okla., May 7-8; Philadelphia, July 4; Chicago, July 6-10, and Los Angeles, July 23-24.

Athletes To Watch In 2016!

Team USA

With 2016 upon us, it’s time to look ahead to the new year. The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are just over seven months away and with so many great Team USA athletes, how is anyone supposed to know which ones to keep an eye on? To lend a hand, we’ve compiled a list of the 102 athletes who recently attended a promotional shoot with NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee in West Hollywood, California. Here’s a sample of who to watch as the Road to Rio continues.

10) David Boudia, Diving

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Diver David Boudia poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

42) Daryl Homer, Fencing

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Fencer Daryl Homer poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

64) Tatyana McFadden, Paralympic Track and Field

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  USA Paralympic wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

David Boudia wins USA Diving Athlete of the Year Award

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2015 World Championships- Silver 10-meter

David Boudia was honored as USA Diving’s Athlete of the Year award for the sixth consecutive year and seventh time in his career. Boudia won the silver medal on 10-meter at the FINA World Championships earlier this year. He also won silver on the event at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships, and with his 2015 silver, Boudia became the first American diver to medal on 10-meter in three consecutive World Championships since Greg Louganis won gold in 1978, 1982 and 1986. Boudia also competed with Steele Johnson in synchronized 10-meter at the World Championships, with the duo finishing fifth. Earlier in the year, Boudia won an individual bronze at a FINA World Series meet in Beijing, and he and Johnson won silver in synchro at a World Series competition in Windsor, Ontario. On Wednesday, Boudia and Johnson won the 10-meter synchro title at the Winter Nationals.

USA Diving Nationals Is More Than Just A Dress Rehearsal

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What happens this week at the Natatorium at IUPUI will not be make-or-break for divers attempting to make the U.S. team for the Rio Olympics.

It is as serious as a dress rehearsal can be, however.

More than 150 divers, including Olympic gold medalist David Boudia, are competing in the winter national championships at the same venue where Brazil selections will be made.

Winter nationals opened Tuesday and run through Sunday at the Natatorium, site of the Olympic Trials from June 18-26. These nationals are especially meaningful because it is the selection meet for February’s World Cup at Rio de Janeiro. And the World Cup decides how many divers per nation may be entered at the Olympics.

As part of Natatorium renovations, the tower for synchronized diving has been widened.

Noblesville’s Boudia, 26, and Carmel’s Steele Johnson, 19, will compete in the synchro 10-meter platform final Wednesday and aim for Sunday’s individual final. They train together at Purdue, where Johnson is redshirting this season to prepare for the Olympics. They teamed for a bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup and were fifth at this year’s World Championships.