USA Silver Medalists Give Glory to Their Identity in Christ on TV at Olympics
Written by Brittney Moses | August 9, 2016
After winning the silver medal for the United States at the Olympic Games in Rio, David Boudia and Steele Johnson stood together in giving God the glory for their success during the diving competition.
When NBC asked Boudia what this meant to him, the young man replied: “There’s been an enormous amount of pressure. I’ve felt it…it’s just an identity crisis. When my mind is on this [diving], and I’m thinking I’m defined by this, then my mind goes crazy. But we both know that our identity is in Christ, and we’re thankful for this opportunity to be able to dive in front of Brazil and in front of the United States. It’s been an absolutely thrilling moment for us.”
Johnson agreed by adding that having Christ as his identity gave him peace for the competition. He shared: “The way David just described it was flawless—the fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace…and it let me enjoy the contest…. If something went great, I was happy. If something didn’t go great, I could still find joy because I’m at the Olympics competing with the best person, the best mentor—just one of the best people to be around. God’s given us a cool opportunity, and I’m glad I could come away with an Olympic silver medal in my first-ever event.”
It’s commonly said “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” This is exactly what these two men have exemplified to our world by using their platform to share the faith!
Boudia also has published a book titled Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption about his personal testimony and how God changed his life from drinking, drugs and suicidal thoughts before his journey to the Olympics.
Check out the video from the Olympics here:
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How amazing is this? Are you watching the Olympics this year and loving it as much as we are?