It was a big step forward for USA diving in general, though Boudia was the only multi-medalist. His gold was the first by an American man since the late Mark Lenzi won the 3-meter springboard at the 1992 Barcelona Games — when Boudia was 3.
It was during the 1996 Games that Boudia decided he wanted to be an Olympic athlete. Having his dreams of a medal evaporate in Beijing hurt, but he found peace since then.
Qiu wasn't as calm. He appeared devastated by the result.
"I was very nervous," Qiu said through a translator. "I have competed so many times, but I have never had that much nervousness."
Qiu has time to learn, though. The 19-year-old says he'll be back in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Boudia hasn't made plans beyond his next semester at Purdue, where the 23-year-old from Noblesville, Ind., says he plans to form an intramural soccer team and stay out of the pool.
After that, he doesn't know. But whatever he does, he knows he won't hang on too tightly.
"You can get really overwhelmed with a lot of different things," Boudia said. "Knowing that I'm not in control of what happens has been just so peaceful and content in my heart."
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