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The Clean Cut: USA Olympians strive to 'serve Christ' and give glory to God

Posted June 30

David Boudia and Steele Johnson qualified for the Rio Olympics after the 10-meter platform finals of the diving trials on Thursday.

However, there is something more important to the athletes than the Olympics: their relationship with Jesus Christ. On Friday, the Team USA Facebook page uploaded a video of the duo where they spoke openly about their faith.

“It’s cool because this is exciting, this is fun but this is not what my identity will be for 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, not in the flips we’re doing,” said Johnson, after the pair’s final dive.

Johnson grew up “idolizing” Boudia, and now they will be teammates, according to the video.

“We can’t take the credit for this. God be the glory. This is why we do what we do,” Boudia said.

The Rio Olympics will begin in August. This will be Boudia’s third time competing in the Olympics and Johnson’s first.

Watch the video on Facebook here.

Email: kschwab@deseretnews.com

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