Synchronized partners David Boudia and Steele Johnson will be opponents Saturday morning in the men’s 10m semifinal, but they’ll be pulling for each other. If the preliminary is any indication, it will be difficult to crack the trio of Great Britain’s Tom Daley and China’s Qiu Bo and Chen Aisen.
But the boys from Indiana are ready.
“Final day of competition for me today at the 2016 Olympics,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “Feeling a heavy sense of peace and joy walking into this competition today knowing who I am and WHOSE I am. My worth is not defined by my performance, but that doesn’t mean I’m backing down.
“Time to let loose and give every dive all I’ve got. It’s go time!”
“Final day of diving here!” Boudia tweeted. “My heart can rest knowing that the cross is where my true victory is #inittowinit #letsgo #Olympics #thankful”
Johnson, who narrowly advanced to the semifinal with an 18th-place finish in the semifinal, will be the first to dive. Boudia placed fourth in the prelim and will dive just before Chen, Qiu and Daley at the end of each round.
Based on the number of 10s and high-scoring dives in the men’s 10m preliminary, the final day of diving in the Rio Olympics is expected to be one of the most exciting.