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US Olympic Divers Following Silver Medal Performance: ‘Our Identity Is in Christ’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | August 9, 2016 | 12:57 PM EDT

David Boudia (left) and Steele Johnson (right) smile following their interview with NBC Reporter Kelli Stavast on their silver medal performance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. (Screenshot)

Following their silver medal performance in the Men’s synchronized 10m platform at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, David Boudia and Steele Johnson reiterated what helped keep them grounded in preparation for the competition – that “our identity is in Christ.”

“Yeah, I just think the past week, there’s just been an enormous amount of pressure, and I’ve felt it,” said Olympic veteran David Boudia about his and Johnson’s preparation for the competition. “You know, it’s just an identity crisis. When my mind is on this, thinking I’m defined by this, then my mind goes crazy, but we both know our identity is in Christ.”

David Boudia, a returning Olympian, and Steele Johnson, a first-time Olympian, qualified for this year’s Games on June 23, 2016 and carried on their success from that point forward with a silver medal performance in Rio.

According to NBCOlympics.com, David Boudia and Steele Johnson scored 457.11 points and secured the silver medal with their final dive, while “China finished nearly 40 points ahead with an Olympic record score of 496.98.” Great Britain came in third with a score of 444.45.

“The silver is the highest the United States has ever placed in the event, marking the first career medal for 20-year-old American Johnson in his first event. It's the third Olympic medal for Boudia, who partnered with Nick McCrory in 2012 to win bronze in the synchronized platform and is the defending champion in the individual platform.”

Below is a transcript of David Boudia and Steele Johnsons remarks following their silver medal performance in Rio:

NBC Reporter Kelli Stavast: “What does it mean to come out and medal here in the synchro event?”

David Boudia: “Yeah, I just think the past week, there’s just been an enormous amount of pressure, and I’ve felt it. You know, it’s just an identity crisis. When my mind is on this, thinking I’m defined by this, then my mind goes crazy, but we both know our identity is in Christ.

“And we’re just, we’re thankful for this opportunity to be able to dive in front of Brazil, in front of the United States, and it’s been an absolutely thrilling moment for us.”

NBC Reporter Kelli Stavast: “You now have gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals. How much does this free you up for the individual event?”

 David Boudia: “It does. It takes a lot of pressure off of me, but this never could have happened without Steele, without him pushing me, without him loving me well, encouraging me. And my wife has just been a solid rock, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

NBC Reporter Kelli Stavast: “Well, and Steele, for you, your first ever Olympic event, how were you able to maintain your composure so well?”

Steele Johnson: “I think 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. It gave me ease, 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.

“So, God’s given us a cool opportunity, and I’m glad I could’ve come away with an Olympic silver medal in my first ever event.”

NBC Reporter Kelli Stavast: “Alright, congratulations.”