We have many things to be proud of in Noblesville. We love our downtown, history, schools, and the small-town atmosphere. But we all know it’s the residents that make our city great. When a citizen goes above and beyond to make this city better, they receive recognition. Maybe it’s a simple thank you note, a proclamation from the mayor, or being grand marshal of a community parade. But in the case of David Boudia, I think we need to step it up.
It’s time to update the “Welcome to Noblesville” signs across major roadways in the city. Currently, the “home of” sign bears the name of country musician and songwriter Steve Wariner. No offense to Wariner, but I think he should get some company.
Boudia made history on July 30 – not just Noblesville history, but United States sporting history. He and Nick McCrory not only won the first Olympic medal for the United States in men’s diving since the 1996 games in Atlanta, but they did so in a event that no American male had ever medaled in before.
If you’ve watched the Olympics, it’s hard to miss the national commercials Boudia has starred in. His bronze medal performance is showcased at the start of the Coke Olympic moment’s nightly feature and Morgan Freeman described Boudia’s practice routines in a Visa commercial, which first aired during the opening ceremonies.
To my knowledge, Boudia is only the second athlete to earn an Olympic medal while living in Hamilton County – the other being former Pacer Reggie Miller in 1996. Since the 1896 games in Athens, Olympic.org states that there are approximately 28,000 Olympic medalists, and one comes from our city.
According to the 2010 census, Noblesville has a population of almost 52,000 – a better comparison is the city of Westfield, which has more than 30,000 people. Think about that. Of all the countries and all the events (summer and winter), the number of Olympic medalists since 1896 is smaller than our neighboring city. And one medalist proudly calls Noblesville home.
Besides being a two-time Olympian and bronze medal winner (in full disclosure, this column was written prior to the 10 meter individual platform diving event), Boudia is a class act. The day after he achieved his childhood dream of winning an Olympic medal, here’s what Boudia tweeted: “We hold these Olympic medals like they are everything, they aren’t. It doesn’t matter this side of heaven. Woken up to real perspective.”
Medalist or not, this is someone we should proudly boast as ours as loud as we can.