NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
"I have discovered something greater than worldly recognition and fame. Something greater than the American dream. Something far greater than even the gold medal that would ultimately be mine."
- David Boudia, Greater Than Gold
This summer in Rio, millions will watch Olympic champion David Boudia once again dive for gold. In his new book Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption (Thomas Nelson; ISBN: 978-0718077419; August 2, 2016; $24.99) written with Tim Ellsworth, Boudia––gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and winner of multiple world championship medals––shares his story of salvation, struggle, and universal hope. In it, readers will explore the high-stakes world of elite athletics in fascinating detail as Boudia reveals his personal trials with vulnerable candor and self-deprecating humor.
To celebrate the upcoming release, Nelson Books is sponsoring a Greater Than Gold Road to Rio Sweepstakes giving fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to the US Olympic Diving Team trials in June, travel and accommodations, as well as a signed copy of David's upcoming book. Fans can enter for a chance to win at www.nelsonbooksoffers.com/greaterthangold through May 20, 2016.
"Olympic athletes are inspirational to many due to the nature of their patient persistence in the face of intense training and pressure," said Jeff James, Vice President of Marketing for Nelson Books. "David Boudia's story takes inspiration to another level because he struggled along the way with the ultimate meaning of life and the universal pursuit for meaning and joy, which he discovered was 'greater than gold.'"
Boudia has competed in two Olympics and achieved vastly different results. His Olympic debut in 2008 left him devastated and winless, after years of immersive training and monopolizing drive. In the four years between the two games, Boudia first turned to self-destructive behavior and even considered ending not only his diving career, but his life. Through the wise counsel of a devoted coach and trusted friends, Boudia persevered and found the transformative peace he'd really always been chasing. When he returned to the Olympic diving platform in London in 2012, armed with a new focus and faith, he won not just one, but two medals: the gold in the men's 10-meter competition and the bronze in the men's synchronized 10-meter.
When Boudia climbs to the platform in Rio this summer, the stakes couldn't be higher.
"I am grateful to Thomas Nelson for providing the opportunity to tell my story of Olympic heartbreak and ultimately finding redemption in a way I never would have imagined—through faith," said Boudia. "I hope readers of Greater Than Gold will be encouraged that when faced with vulnerability this life's struggles can lead to true freedom and finding a greater purpose."
Boudia will be available for interviews in May and June.
David Boudia is one of the best divers in the world. A two-time Olympic medalist––gold and bronze in London 2012––and winner of 16 national titles, Boudia will compete in his third Olympic Games in Rio this year. The winner of six NCAA national titles at Purdue University and five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, he was the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10-meter platform at a World Championship. Boudia lives in in West Lafayette, Indiana with his wife Sonnie and daughter Dakoda.
About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.
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