I know what you’re thinking… or at least what you think this story is about. But you couldn’t or rather, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Synchronized 10-meter platform divers for the United States, David Boudia and Steele Johnson made a proclamation after winning the Silver Medal in their event that is not politically correct or is not very popular nowadays. When the world was watching they took the opportunity to stand up and declare their faith in Jesus Christ on LIVE TV. WOW!
Boudia is well-known in the sports world for his faith having co-written a book, Greater Than Gold, about his faith but many viewers most likely didn’t know much about Johnson, who has had to overcome some big trials to get here.
“There’s been an enormous amount of pressure. I’ve felt it,” Boudia, who still will compete in the individual platform, told an NBC national audience. “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 explaining that, “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 was a long road for Johnson and Boudia to get where they are today. In fact, Johnson almost died 7 years ago from a dive that he has since perfected and has become his favorite dive. He speaks intimately about the accident and how he has grown since. Talk about faith in God to continue moving forward everyday. WATCH his story below:
They are so beautifully synchronized in this picture that even their six packs are synchronized. God is all-powerful and certainly rewarded these two with some awesome Olympic diving power! Congrats Boudia and Johnson!