Two Olympians who won silver medals for the United States on Monday revealed their true identity and how that allowed them to focus on the games and not get too carried away by the pressure involved with competing.
David Boudia and Steele Johnson won silver medals in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform, which was Boudia’s third all-time Olympic medal and Johnson’s first. Boudia won a gold and bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics.
They credited their Christian faith for getting them where they were.
Boudia also authored “Greater than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption,” which chronicles how his Olympic journey changed from one in which he sought glory for himself to one in which he gave glory to God.
Boudin said he’d experienced an enormous amount of pressure during the Olympics, describing it as an “identity crisis.” When his mind is on diving, he said it “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,” he explained. “It’s been an absolutely thrilling moment for us.”
Johnson said Boudia’s description was “flawless,” and added that going into the competition knowing his identity was “rooted in Christ” and not in the results of the competition gave him peace and let him enjoy it.
“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,” he said.
It’s awesome to see people stand up and declare their faith in Christ.