LONDON – David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Nick McCrory (Chapel Hill, N.C.) won bronze in men’s synchronized 10-meter Monday, giving the U.S. its second Olympic diving medal in two days.
Boudia and McCrory scored 463.47 points, finishing third behind China’s Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan (486.78) and Mexico’s German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia (463.47).
“It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m an Olympic medalist. It’s such an incredible moment,” McCrory said. “This is great for the sport. I hope we’ve inspired some kids to start diving.”
The U.S. had won just three medals in the past four Games (and none in the past two), winning two medals in 1996 and one in 2000. Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Abby Johnston (Upper Arlington, Ohio) won silver in women’s synchronized 3-meter on Sunday to end the 12-year drought.
“This is a testament to the leadership of USA Diving. We are on our way up,” Boudia said.
High Performance Director Steve Foley, who joined the USA Diving staff after the 2008 Games, shifted the philosophy from medals to performance and told the athletes to simply focus on performing their best rather than thinking too much about trying to win medals.
The result on Monday was a consistent effort by Boudia and McCrory, who scored no lower than 7.5 on any of their six dives. They scored 108.60 points on their two required dives and then scored more than 80 points on each of their four optionals, including 92.13 points on their front 4 ½ tuck, the most difficult dive on their list, in round four.
Heading into the last round, Boudia and McCrory were in third place, 9.27 points behind the Mexican squad and 5.58 points ahead of hometown favorites Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield of Great Britain.
Boudia and McCrory finished the contest with their best dive of the afternoon, scoring 95.40 points on their back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists. With four teams, including Great Britain and Mexico, still to dive, they played the waiting game.
“Neither of us looked at the scoreboard (during the competition). Nick and I just took it one dive at a time. We had no idea where we were in the standings, but we knew it was going to be close,” Boudia said.
Next up for the U.S. divers is men’s synchronized 3-meter, with four-time Olympian Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and first-time Olympian Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) competing on Wednesday.