Posts Tagged ‘Diving’

Boudia And Finchum Sink To The Bottom

It’s all over for our Hoosier 10m platform divers at the Beijing Olympics. A combination of disappointing performances in the final by the two, David Boudia and Thomas Finchum, and fantastic dives by the rest of the roster, pushed the pair down to end in 10th and 12th place. They are both still teenagers so hopefully we will see them in London in 2012 where they can grab a medal to bring back to Indiana.

I will miss seeing the timidity and waif-look of Thomas Finchum when he is shown off the platform. I will miss seeing David Boudia compulsively rubbing his backside while on the platform and pulling down the end of his swimsuit over his left buttock after he dives. I may not miss as much Boudia spitting in the shower or seeing Finchum do his strange form of two finger whistle. In general, I really liked the camera that moved downward with the divers. It showed the velocity of the dives and how incredible it is that anyone could do twists and turns in that short a time at 30 mph.

Perhaps the thing I will miss most is the magic hair of the divers, which went from soaking wet to fashionably styled in between each dive. A half hour and a blow dryer doesn’t get me anywhere near as good a result.

See also: David Boudia and Tom Finchum want to be on top

Stars Of The Springboard

Alex DespatieThe men in the 3m springboard diving competition at the Beijing games may be small in stature but what is more important is that they are Olympic sized pouch packers. Their powerful legs put a lot of pressure on the board when they jump, but the pressure on the stretch fabric of the front of their Speedos really shows off their physicality.

Two of the most well sprung divers are America’s Troy Dumais and Canada’s Alex Despatie. They both get high marks for their degree of enormity and set the standard for the meet.

Under the circumstances, there’s no way for the divers to present themselves modestly so I assume Troy pointing himself downward and fellow American Chris Colwill going side to side is only for their own comfort. I’m just glad it hasn’t bothered the television network enough for them to start using massive pixelation in this case to protect its viewers from over-stimulation.

Interestingly, water is suppose to cause noticeable shrinkage of the male anatomy, so it is hard to imagine how much bigger are the boys before they jump in the pool. I’d be fine with them either way as this is one situation where I wouldn’t mind being rode hard and put away wet (literally).

Finchum And Boudia Sync Dream Sunk

The American 10 meter synchronized Olympic pair of Thomas Finchum and David Boudia finished in 5th place in the final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It looks like the medal drought in diving is going to continue a little longer. They were less than five points away from the bronze medal score, which was earned by the Russians. The Chinese and Germans came in first and second.

Boudia and Finchum are residents of Indiana, where the U.S. national diving training center is located as is the USA Diving headquarters.

Both Boudia and Finchum have another opportunity to bring a medal back to the Hoosier state when they compete individually in the 10 meter platform event on 8/23.

Also on Trick Wire: Some Gay Sensibilities: Finchum and Boudia in Sync
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