Kelly Clark won a Winter Olympics gold medal in the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe event in 2002 – at the age of 18.
She was not a Christian at the time…
She won bronze medals in the same event in the Winter Olympics of 2010 and 2014 … and has won numerous other medals in Winter X Games and other competitions during her 18-year professional career.
In this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Clark – now 34 years old and competing in her 5th Olympics – finished 4th while competing with women half her age.
She’s been an inspiration and a Christian witness to all of the other snowboard competitors…
She rides with a sticker on her snowboard that says, “Jesus, I cannot hide my love.”
Here are 4 other Christian athletes on Team USA who are proclaiming Christ at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics:
- Elena Meyers-Taylor, Women’s Bobsled.
She leads the U.S. women’s bobsled team … they won the bronze medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics and the silver medal in 2014.
She met her husband, Nic Taylor – an alternate on the men’s bobsled team – at a Bible study near the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
In 2016, Meyers-Taylor said, “I know that God is working through me within this sport. I know He’s put me here for a purpose and it’s not just to win medals.”
- David Wise, Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe.
He won the gold medal in this event in 2014 – the Winter Olympics in which it was first introduced.
An NBC report called Wise’s Christian faith an “alternate lifestyle” compared to that of other Olympic competitors.
“My faith plays a pretty significant role in who I am as a person,” Wise says. “But also I think my faith makes me a better competitor, and better at what I do…I trust that God knows what He is doing with my life in the grand scheme of things.”
- Gigi Marvin, Women’s Hockey.
She and the U.S. women’s hockey team won the silver medal in 2010 and 2014.
This year they will be competing with champion team Canada for the gold.
“My mission is more than winning another medal or championship,” she said in a magazine interview. “It’s about sharing Christ and leading others to Him. I know my worth is not found in what I can achieve in this game. Instead, my identity and value is found only in Christ, my Redeemer and Lord.”
- Katie Uhlaender, Skeleton.
She placed 4th in this event in 2014 by 4 hundredths of a second. Skeleton is similar to luge except that in skeleton, you lie on your stomach rather than on your back … and you race down the track leading with your helmet rather than your feet.
The bronze medalist in 2014 was stripped of her medal for doping, elevating Uhlaender to the bronze … but the ruling was later overturned, putting Uhlaender back in 4th place.
Despite her roller coaster ride of ups and downs, Uhlaender said she relies on her faith: “Quitting is never an option, so why would I quit on God? He guides me and gives me the strength to keep going.”
Pray that these athletes will all have opportunities to share their faith during the 2018 Winter Olympics … and that they will boldly take advantage of them.
Watch this 5-minute video of Kelly Clark describing how she came to know God, and how she knows that she knows that she knows God loves her:
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