David Boudia, the American diver who won the gold medal in the 10 meter platform diving competition at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and the bronze medal with synchronized platform partner Nick McCrory, has just gotten engaged to girlfriend Sonnie Brand.
The 23-year-old Purdue University student, who defeated favorites Tom Daley from England and Qiu Bo from China to conquer gold, became Team USA's latest shiniest star. "It feels surreal,” Boudia said. “I can't believe I'm an Olympic champion," he added.
The feat crowns an amazing year for the diving champion who, besides awesome professional achievements, also took some big personal decisions. Boudia proposed to girlfriend Brand in May 2012 -- putting to rest the never-ending trollish and malicious gay rumors that follow divers, gymnasts and other male athletes who practice disciplines not as "manly" as football, boxing or basketball. "I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together," tweeted Boudia right after proposing to Brand -- with the romantic image that accompanies this post.
And fiancée Brand couldn't be happier and prouder, as she tweeted right after Boudia's Olympic victory, "@davidboudia definitely redefined his journey in so many ways! For one by ripping dives and taking Gold! So proud. So thankful. God is good!"
The young and picture-perfect pair follows the journey of swimmer Michael Phelps and other American Olympians who -- after sacrificing personal time in order to achieve Olympic glory -- are now able to return home and forget about swimming pools and Speedos -- albeit for a little while -- and just be the next-door American couple.