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US Divers on Qualifying for Olympics: ‘We Can’t Take Credit for This. To God Be the Glory’

By Michael Morris | July 7, 2016 | 4:42pm EDT
Steele Johnson (left) and David Boudia (right) prepare for their final dive of the men's synchronized 10m platform final at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana. The American duo qualified for the Olympic Games and sent a message to the rest of the field that they will be medal threats in Rio. (Screenshot)

Upon qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana, Steele Johnson and David Boudia gave the credit to God, Boudia saying, “We can’t take credit for this. To God be the glory.”

“Right before I was going up for this last dive emotions kind of poured in,” said an emotional Boudia. “It wasn’t like the first two teams that I made, I think because, because this guy has just come a long way. We can’t take credit for this. To God be the glory. And this is why we do what we do day in and day out, and this is a special moment.”

David Boudia and Steele Johnson qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men’s synchronized 10m platform by placing first in competition at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to NBCOlympics.com, “After leading by just shy of 125 points after the cumulative preliminary and semifinal rounds, Boudia and Johnson scored 1326.57 points – 238.02 points over their nearest competitor – to become the only U.S. pair in the men’s synchronized platform field in Rio.”

Below is a transcript of Johnson and Boudia’s remarks following the competition in Indianapolis:

Reporter: “Ted, they accomplished everything they set out to do tonight, not just making the Olympic team but putting together a complete set.

“And now, Steele Johnson, you are going to the Olympics. We see the emotion. Describe what is going through your mind.

Steele Johnson: “I’ve been working for this dream for a long time, and it’s – honestly, I never thought the day would come. And I feel like I just blinked, and now I’m on the 2016 Olympic team.

“But it’s cool because, this is exciting, this is fun, but like this is not what my identity is going to be in the rest of my life. Yeah, I’m Steele Johnson the Olympian, but at the same time, I’m here to love and serve Christ. My identity is rooted in Christ and not in the flips we’re doing.

“But it’s all here, and it’s … I wasn’t ready for it.”

Reporter: “Well, and for your partner David Boudia: Beijing, London and now Rio, what has this journey meant to you?

David Boudia: “Right before I was going up for this last dive emotions kind of poured in. It wasn’t like the first two teams that I made, I think because, because this guy has just come a long way.

“We can’t take credit for this. To God be the glory. And this is why we do what we do day in and day out, and this is a special moment.

“Steele made his first Olympic team. I made my third Olympics, but we’re just so thankful. And there’s so many sacrifices that have been made by our coaches, and my wife, family and my parents, just so many, but nothing compares to the sacrifice that we’ve had in eternity.

“So, we’re just thankful for this moment, and we’re going to enjoy it.”

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