5 Olympians That Treasure Jesus Over Gold
It’s that time of the decade again! Olympic fever is taking over the world, and after seeing all of the amazing performances taking place, we’re taking a closer look at just a handful of Olympians that treasure Jesus over Gold Medals in Rio.
1. Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas’s dazzling smile limberness dominated gymnastics at the Olympics this year. She led the US team to gold in London’s 2012 Olympic games and she has done it again! “It is everything I thought it would be; being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.”
2 & 3. David Boudia and Steele Johnson
After winning the silver medal for the 10mm diving event, Boudia and Johnson were eager to show how much faith they had in Jesus while giving their best performance.
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“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,” David Boudia shared with NBC.
Johnson agreed, adding, “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 it just gave me peace … and it let me enjoy the contest.”
4. Maya DiRado
Maya DiRado’s dad put a swim cap on her head when she was just 6-years-old. Since then she has made swimming her career! After missing qualifying for the 2012 Olympic games, DiRado almost gave up entirely. However, with some encouragement from her father and her faith in Jesus, she decided to try out for Rio and ended up winning her first Olympic medal.
“I don’t think God really cares about my swimming very much,” Maya said. “This is not my end purpose, to make the Olympic team. My God is powerful and in control, but I don’t think he cares whether I win. It’s interesting theology you can get into when it’s a God of victory in your sport,” she told Yahoo Sports.
5. Simone Biles
Simone Biles mesmerizes her audience everytime she takes to the vault or balance beam. She has won three straight world championships and this year is no exception.
Earlier this week we brought you her personal story of her obstacles in life, and she continues to give the glory to God! “My mom, Nellie, got me a rosary at church,” she told US Magazine. “I don’t use it to pray before a competition. I’ll just pray normally to myself, but I have it there in case.”
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