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David Boudia had ‘suicidal thoughts,’ ‘severely depressed’ after 2008 Olympics

David Boudia

Olympic diving champion David Boudia explained what helped him emerge from “suicidal thoughts” and being “severely depressed” several years ago on TODAY on Tuesday.

“My faith, something I didn’t want anything to do with, really, when I was younger,” Boudia said. “My perspective changed automatically.”

Boudia, who at the 2012 London Games became the first American to take diving gold since 2000, explained his struggles between his Olympic debut in 2008 at age 19 and his triumph in 2012.

Boudia goes more in-depth in his book, “Greater Than Gold,” which comes out Aug. 2.

Boudia qualified for his third Games at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in June.

He is a medal contender in synchronized platform with training partner Steele Johnson and, in the individual platform, will try to become the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Greg Louganis in 1988.

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