USA Diving Features Quotes from David Bo...

Quotes from David Boudia and Laura Wilkinson

June 22, 2008, 10:45 p.m. (ET)

David Boudia, Noblesville, Ind.
"Finally it's happening. I am very happy this event is over, and I am looking forward to Beijing. Having my name on the wall (at the IU Natatorium, his home pool) means that I'm actually an Olympian."

"I definitely feel like I was sharpest at the end of my list. I know I can be sharper, which is odd to say with a 550 score, but that's how I feel. It is exciting to dive as well as I did. I am looking forward to Beijing. This is not the end, it is just the start."

"My last three (dives) are my best three. I wanted to show the crowd what I could do, and that is what I did. I wanted to come out and finish strong. My coach, John [Wingfield] told me to get a good take-off and that is what I did."

On Thomas Finchum closing within 10 points after the first round of the finals
"I didn't know that. I was going to glance over (at the scoreboard), but then I thought ‘I don't normally do that so why start now?'."

On Thomas Finchum...
"I am definitely proud of Thomas and I am confident that he will be beside me in Beijing. You can't take his first two lists back so I know they [the selection committee] will take that into consideration."

On the Chinese challenge
"I feel confident taking them on. I think they're beatable. I have seen them be beat before which is good to know. If I dive as well as I did this afternoon and train well, I can try to dethrone the Chinese."

Laura Wilkinson, Spring, TX
On missing her second dive
"You know me, (I always try to make things interesting). That second dive is always hard for me. It is not a new dive, but it is always difficult. We've had it on and off the list. It's inconsistent so it's not a surprise that I missed it. It was nice to come back with some fire though."

How does this year compare to the past two times?
"Each is special, but different. This one is bittersweet because it's my last."

On coming back after missing dives
"I tend to make a lot of comebacks. I wish I wouldn't miss those dives, but being able to come back is good. It's not over til I've done the last dive."

On her chances for gold in Beijing
"The international crowd knows me. I think they always count me out, which is fine with me. Being the aggressive underdog-I like it."