An open house to send off David Boudia, 23, to the London Olympics will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Forest Park Lodge in Noblesville. Residents are invited to come wish Boudia good luck in the upcoming summer games. He will be there to share his journey, sign autographs and answer any questions you might have for an Olympian.
The celebration for Boudia was organized by Jeanne Reimer, sister of Boudia’s father, Jim. A resident of Warsaw, Reimer contacted the city, parks department, local officials and businesses to help create the open house.
“I wanted to have an open house for the city of Noblesville to come and meet David and wish him luck in London,” she said. “My brother is preoccupied with everything else going on to prepare the family for travel to London, so I am coordinating this open house. I would like to see a city-wide send off for this talented athlete from Noblesville.”
Jim said Boudia’s stay in Noblesville would be a short one, as the United States Olympic Diving Team will begin training together the first week of July.
“This is something David looks forwards to,” he said of the open house.
Boudia previously competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He participated in the 10-meter platform and synchronized 10-meter platform with Thomas Finchum of Indianapolis. Prior to his departure, Jim said the family hosted a get together at the family’s house.
“It was a big block party,” he said. “It was a huge success. David loved it.”
In 2011, Boudia won the Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award, which is given annually to the man voted as the top male athlete in the Big Ten Conference. He is the first diver to win the award and the second Boilermaker to be honored – the other being Glenn Robinson in 1994.