They Received Their Olympic Silver Medals And It’s God To Whom They’re Thankful
The US diving duo of Steele Johnson and David Boudia are making headlines after their beautiful speech thanking God for their accomplishments.
These amazing divers are also devout Christians who’ve had to overcome some serious obstacles in order to get to where they are today.
When Johnson was just 12 years old, he was practicing his favorite dive–a triple reverse somersault into a tuck position when he landed on his head, cracking his skull on the concrete platform, then fell 33 feet into the pool.
His coach was able to pull him out of the water and take him to the hospital, where a team of doctors managed to save his life.
“I wanted to be the kid that had the big injury and came back from it and made the Olympics and all that stuff, so it’s kind of embarrassing. But now I’ve kind of realized that God had his hand over all of it to help me come to the realization, like, that’s not why at all.”
Johnson sees his struggle as an opportunity to give the glory to God.
“He gave me this ability to dive,” Johnson said. “ … God kept me alive and he is still giving me the ability to do what I do.”
“It’s cool because this is exciting, this is fun, but this is not what my identity will be for the rest of my life,” he said. “Yeah, I’m Steele Johnson the Olympian, but at the same time, I’m here to love and serve Christ. My identity is rooted in Christ, not in the flips we’re doing.”
Boudia also wanted to put God first in his speech:
“We can’t take credit for this,” Boudia told NBC Sports. “To God be the glory.”
Boudia has talked very openly in the past about his faith, after the London Olympics he spoke these powerful words at his church.
“I am not a diving coach who happens to be a Christian,” he said. “But rather I am a Christian, follower of Christ who happens to be a diving coach.”
“Whatever happens at the end of this Olympic Games is completely out of my control,” Boudia said back at the 2012 Olympics. “God is totally sovereign over everything.”
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