2016 Olympic Blog – David Boudia/Steele Johnson

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” But winning helps, right?

David Boudia and Steele Johnson play the game the right way AND came away with a silver medal in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform. That wasn’t too surprising. What seemed to shock the world is how they used their Olympic-sized platform to talk about the only part of life that truly matters: Jesus Christ.

“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 added “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.”