After winning silver in the men's synchronized 10-meter diving competition at the Olympics last night, David Boudia and Steele Johnson wasted no time in proclaiming the true reason for their victory—God.
"There's been an enormous amount of pressure. I've felt it," Boudia told a reporter. "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 quickly agreed.
"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," he said. "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."
Boudia became a Christian in 2010 and has been outspoken about his beliefs, even publishing a book Greater Than Gold, about his journey to redemption. This is Johnson's first Olympics and he wept openly when he saw that they had won second place.
Johnson experienced a devastating injury as a young diver that nearly ended his career.
"I wanted to be the kid that had the big injury and came back from it and made the Olympics and all that stuff," he said. "But now I've realized that God had his hand over all of it to help me come to the realization, like, that's not why at all. He gave me this ability to dive. God kept me alive and He is still giving me the ability to do what I do."
"We can't take credit for this," Boudia said. "To God be the glory."