I became a follower of Christ when I was really young — about eight years old — but I wandered away in high school. I just got distracted, and I thought I could take the reigns of my life into my own hands.
I made a mess of things and actually realized in the middle of a diving meet that I was hitting rock bottom. My grades were slipping, I lost a lot of people close to me, and I thought diving was all I had left. I began to get disoriented, and this one thing I thought was keeping my life in check was slipping through my fingers.
It was in the middle of a diving meet I realized that I had taken control back. I knew that it was God that I needed to give my life to, and I did that in the middle of the meet. That has made diving more special to me because God used that — something I love so much; something He’s given me a talent for — to bring me back to Him. Now I can use diving to glorify Him. When I dive, I get to worship Him.
That is what the Olympic experience embodies for me — I get to worship God in front of the world, doing what He has made me to do. There’s just no better feeling than that.
—Laura Wilkinson, USA Olympic diver