Four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia is battling the COVID-19 virus, the diver revealed in a virtual press conference Friday. Boudia said he first tested positive last Saturday and experienced significant symptoms as recently as Tuesday.
“I was out cold,” Boudia said.
The 31-year-old Indiana native admitted he perhaps did not give the virus enough respect until his own diagnosis. “I wasn’t a believer. I was like, I’m young, I probably won’t get it, or if I do get it I probably won’t have anything,” Boudia said. “It’s definitely no joke.”
After determining via multiple days of testing that neither his wife nor his daughter had also contracted the virus, Boudia said he was able to approach the diagnosis as another challenge to overcome on his road to a fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“Adversity, that’s your best friend. If you can train through this then the Olympics should be a breeze,” Boudia said.
Prior to testing positive, Boudia was scheduled to compete later this month at the Diving World Cup in Tokyo, functioning this year as an Olympic test event. However, on Tuesday that event was postponed to May due to COVID-19 concerns unrelated to Boudia.