Former Purdue athletes compete in London
Four former Purdue student athletes are competing in the Olympic Games in London, including David Boudia of Noblesville who earned a bronze medal in synchronized diving earlier this week.
After finishing fifth in the same event at Beijing, BoudiaÕs third place finish this year with teammate Nick McCrory earned the United States its first Olympic diving medal since 1996. Boudia now has some time to rest before competing in the individual 10m platform diving competition on Friday, August 10.
Purdue 2009 graduate Kara Patterson also is competing for Team USA. In her second Olympic appearance, she will compete in the javelin starting on Tuesday, August 7.
Boudia and Patterson are not the only Boilermakers competing in London. Fitting PurdueÕs global reputation, two other former student athletes are at the games with foreign Olympic teams.
A 2005 graduate, Lauren Sessellmann, plays on the Canadian soccer team. In an early Olympic match she is credited with an impressive defensive play that prevented a Japanese goal, helping the Canadians to eventually advance to the elimination rounds. Sessellmann and her teammates will face an as yet undetermined opponent in the quarterfinals on Friday, August 3.
The fourth Purdue Olympian is former shot-putter Nedzad Mulabegovic who will compete for Croatia starting August 3. Mulabegovic also competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. In 2004, following the Athens games, Indiana Governor Joe Kernan presented him with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award for his success.