David Boudia, who won the sole U.S.
Boudia took the bronze in this event in London, and this year he has a new partner – longtime friend Steele Johnson, with whom Boudia carpooled as a kid.
(This is the kind of stuff NBC has been selling hard in its telecast.) Boudia and Johnson will face Iván García and Germán Sánchez of Mexico, who won silver in the synchronized platform dive in 2012, along with a pair of Chinese divers, Chen Aisen and Yue Lin, who won gold in the 2015 world championships.
Here’s a fun video of Chen, an Olympic newcomer, competing solo on the 10-meter platform earlier this year: The American, Chinese and British pairs all have that dive – which has an official degree of difficulty of 3.4 – on their list of planned dives forMonday.
On Sunday, the Chinese women won gold in the synchronized 3-meter springboard, and Chinese diver Wu Minxia set an Olympic record for most individual diving gold medals – the 30-year-old now has five golds, beating a six-way tied record shared by Louganis and others.