The most recent stop on their journey was Rio, where Boudia and Steele claimed a silver medal in the synchronized diving event. “It’s the classic Romans 8:28: ‘God works for the good of those who trust in Him,’” Steele said. The video of the dive was erased shortly after the accident and Johnson … Senior Radio Producer Phil Fleischman contributed to this story. The head injury had damaged both his short and long-term memory. For Johnson, it was the final step to overcoming a horrific head injury he endured seven years earlier while practicing his diving. For Johnson, it was the final step to overcoming a horrific head injury he endured seven years earlier while practicing his diving. Olympic Diver Steele Johnson On How Postponing The 2020 Games Is Forcing Some ‘Tough Decisions’ Competitive diver Steele Johnson won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after competing with a broken foot. Steele Johnson Almost Died Diving — Now, He's Won An Olympic Medal Doing It. Both divers stressed their identity isn’t wrapped up in winning a medal. Divers descend from the 10 meter platform at roughly 33 mph, and the impact was enough to fully open the cut on his scalp. Steele is 6’1″ and Boudia is 5’9″, but they parallel well because their foundation was rooted once upon a time under Wingfield’s direction. “I grew up taking Steele to practice when he was 10 years old,” said Boudia, who added the divers reconnected at Purdue under the leadership of Soldati. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The Steele Johnson Story: Olympic Silver Medal Was No Accident, Listen to Steele share more of his story with Billy Graham Radio. Steele Johnson has always looked at the world from a different perspective. Faith is important to his former coach and his parents. Deadlines. Dan Tzur, 60, Killed; 2 Injured in Crash on Stockton Road. Unaware of the extent of his injury, Steele popped out of the water and listened as then-coach John Wingfield calmly guided him over to the side of the pool. After winning his silver medal, Johnson talked about how easy it could have been for him to walk away from the sport he loves. And Josh Bonhotal, assistant director of sports performance at Purdue, anticipates Steele will be just as intense this year as in years past. Remembering the incident during a phone call recently, Wingfield paused to collect himself upon learning what Jill said. They’re free to be completely honest with one another, which is liberating because standing atop a platform 33 feet in the air in nothing but a speedo can be mind game enough. Once Wingfield established that Steele’s accident was just that—an accident—he deleted the tape. “It almost ended my career, too. Johnson has been diving since he … Purdue University diver Steele Johnson and his teammate David Boudia are headed to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. “He was one of those kids who preferred to be upside down instead of right-side up,” Steele’s mother Jill said, remembering how her husband Bill would flip baby Steele as some dads are apt to do. Seven years after his accident, Johnson, an Indiana native, posted a video on YouTube to retell the nearly tragic day on Jan. 21, 2009. Local: 704-401-2432 The injury nearly cost him his life. Steele’s skill level wasn’t the issue. AUDIO: Listen to Steele share more of his story with Billy Graham Radio. He didn’t break his neck. “It gave me ease, and it let me enjoy the contest. Steele’s parents haven’t seen the footage and don’t want to. “He started doing backflips [off the diving board by age 3-4], and then he started doing inwards and reverses, and I thought he was going to kill himself,” Jill said. They’re grateful for the decision Wingfield made. They hugged and Steele teared up as he hugged Soldati, who had been watching nearby. Steele Johnson's childhood in photos, from his freak diving accident to goofing around with his brother and snorkeling. Soldati challenged Steele to engage fully in God’s Word and get involved in his local church. Why did this happen to me?’ That’s just never been my attitude towards it, but now I realize that is a story that can help people just because a lot of bad things happen to people in life, and a lot of people are like, ‘Why me? “It was a glorious moment for all of us, and all of the other athletes that watched it were clapping,” Wingfield said, his tone growing excited even seven years later. At one point during the year, Soldati said Steele apologized to his teammates for being inconsiderate of their NCAA needs as he chased Rio. Thirty-three staples and a plastic drainage tube later, Steele was discharged from the hospital. I just need to figure out what that looks like.’”. Johnson and Boudia won a bronze medal in the synchronized 10-meter platform. “It was a great moment so to speak and his confidence, you could see it immediately.”. It’s one of his best dives, and that’s mind blowing to me. “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,” Steele told NBC reporter Kelli Stavast after competing in his first Olympic event. He launched out. He hated talking about it. In fact, he had completed it successfully a day or so before the incident. He didn’t figure it out until he got to college. “I reached out to them, and they just poured so much of their time, energy, heart and soul into me,” said Steele, who won two NCAA championships his freshman year at Purdue. Leading into their silver-winning dive, a back 2 ½ somersault 2 ½ twists—Boudia and Steele gave each other a fist bump and got into position on the platform. However, Johnson would not let the injury destroy his love for diving. This event wasn’t a story for him; it was real life. Johnson told Team USA reporter Rebecca Harris. “It was truly an accident.”. Kellie Van Gilder   •   I kind of got to the realization of like, ‘This isn’t going to get me anywhere in life. He landed on his head, which caused his scalp to become “ripped in half,” according to Johnson’s account of the injury in a video posted on the seven-year anniversary of the fall. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter, Sports Department Intern, The Huffington Post. The diver was immediately taken to a hospital, where he received staples in his head, but was not required to spend the night. United States' silver medalists Steele Johnson, right, and David Boudia, left, pose with their medals after the men's synchronized 10-meter platform diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Today is National Voter Registration Day! On the morning of July 6, 2013, the Boeing 777-200ER crashed on final approach into San Francisco International Airport. “It was super cool to see them just be so passionate to someone who just really needed Jesus.”. Seven years ago, I was on my death bed, and now seven years later I’m an Olympic medalist. “The fact that he’s in the fight—that’s why I would say he’s doing well.”. His coach has studied the work of Tony Dungy and Billy Graham. Steele wasn’t quite a year old when his parents first had him in the neighborhood pool. U.S. diver Steele Johnson won a silver medal Monday in Rio de Janeiro with teammate David Boudia for men’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving. On that day, Steele was practicing a relatively new dive in his lineup, the reverse 3 ½ somersault tuck. He came out and had a smile even though we knew he wasn’t thrilled.”. Johnson explained in his video that Wingfield had to hold Johnson’s head together to prevent him from bleeding out and from chlorine seeping into the wound, which could have caused brain damage. Privacy Yet Steele said he would cringe every time a reporter brought it up. There was no traumatic brain injury, no spinal injury. But when stuff like that does occur, it is for the good of His people in some way or another. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! Steele Johnson's childhood in photos, from his freak diving accident to goofing around with his brother and snorkeling. A major diving-related head injury almost killed Johnson at age 12, when he struck his head on the concrete platform and his "scalp ripped in half," as The Indianapolis Star reported. The dive took only seconds to complete and soon enough, the Boilermakers were toweling off, watching their 95.04 score appear. “If I was maybe a centimeter closer to the platform, I could’ve fractured my skull,” he said. Why, God, why did this happen?’ so I can use that story to share with them. “So it wasn’t a situation beyond his ability or his progression,” Wingfield said. “There’s certainly a flood of emotion that goes through me,” said Wingfield, a professing believer who strives for a Christ-centered environment for his athletes. “I never really struggled with ‘Why me? Johnson, a Carmel diver favored to make the U.S. team at the upcoming Olympic Trials, divulged Wednesday he has memory loss from an incident Jan. 21, … Now, granted the cut was from ear-to-ear and down to his skull, but we say it was a cut because he didn’t fracture his skull. It was Jan. 21, 2009. BGEA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Johnson feels fortunate to be competing at all. He completed another rotation before traveling headfirst into the water. Earlier this year, the aspiring communications major shared his perspective for the first time on his video blog. “If I was going at a faster rate hitting the water, I could’ve torn more of my scalp open.”. Soldati, who once told his church that he’s a follower of Christ who happens to be a diving coach, commends Steele for staying engaged in spiritual discipline, especially under the bright lights of athletic stardom. “That’s the struggle with the Olympic journey,” Soldati said. 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.”. He took a deep breath like he’s trained to do and launched out. Meet Simone Biles, America’s New Gymspiration, Ibtihaj Muhammad Didn’t Win A Medal, But She Still Scored An Olympic Victory. Contact Us. “Our job is to be able to go in there and do what it takes to give Him glory, so whether that’s us accomplishing a silver medal or getting sixth place, we have an opportunity to be able to proclaim Him.”. “We kind of looked at each other and I said, ‘You’re ready,’” Wingfield recalled. It’s a roaring lion ready to devour you at any moment,” Soldati said. “All of the things that could have happened, he walked away with a cut and a minor concussion. Steele made his way to Wingfield, who was waiting fully clothed on the stairs of the pool. In February 2015, a stress fracture was found in his right foot. “John Wingfield saved Steele’s life. Steele Johnson has faced a great obstacle that most people would automatically view as a career-stopper. Steele, steadfast in his faith, opens his college season this weekend when Purdue hosts a home meet. But the Purdue junior is unapologetic about another view even as it loses popularity with his peers, many of whom refuse religion. He brings with him a focus and an eye cast toward Tokyo 2020. It was a year, many dryland training sessions (think gymnastics with a diving twist) and lots of dives later before Steele attempted the reverse 3 ½ again. The pain was manageable, so he put off potential surgery. After all, Jill noted, accidents happen in everyday life, too. “For me, having my child make this choice and also being willing to proclaim not just to his friends and family but also on national TV, that’s really encouraging, and actually, it’s kind of a good reminder to me about what it’s like to step out on faith,” Jill said. “I remember my husband would turn him upside down and he would giggle, and I would say, ‘Turn him right-side up! Permissions Astonishingly, doctors only diagnosed him with a minor concussion. “Everything happens for the good of those who love Him, so if I sit back and I look at that situation, yes, that is something I don’t want anyone to ever go through and I hope no one ever has to experience something like that in their life. Still, it was decision time in the Johnson household given their middle child’s brush with death. “When it’s your time, it’s your time. We consider him very fortunate, very blessed, and we had to sit on him to keep him off the diving board for a couple months.”. Boudia, a longtime friend who shared in Bible study with Soldati and Steele throughout the Olympics, said he really noticed a change in his “little brother” about a year ago. He has gained perspective as he has deepened his walk with God. Steele’s parents haven’t seen the footage and don’t want to. Luckily, Johnson only sustained a minor concussion as a result of the accident. Steele Johnson proves acting chops in ‘Blood and Water ... played by Johnson, as he suffers a horrific accident at practice and struggles to get back on … Steele completed about one and a half somersaults when his head scraped the edge of the platform. He continued to work on his dive and continued in his sport, earning national titles and continuing to dive as a student at Purdue University. The injury nearly cost him his life. The story is a part of Steele’s life that God is using, but reliving the moment by video wouldn’t help anybody. JOHNSON, Brent Steele, Brent Steele Johnson, firefighter and medic for Caroline County, passed away on Sunday, May 28th, after sustaining injuries from a serious motor vehicle accident. “Yes, he does impress the girls, and he is diving as safely as he can, but then he almost killed himself doing it, too, so you really can’t plan.”. I want to reach the world with the Good News by equipping the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with resources—including personnel, materials, support services, buildings and more—to urgently respond to every opportunity to share Jesus Christ with others. Why Police Officers Unflinchingly Answer the Call, Will Graham Encourages Law Enforcement at Appreciation Dinner, Virtual Christmas Conference Uplifts Spanish-Speaking Pastors, An Interview With Retired Army Ranger Edward Graham, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 “[Steele] started to see that the road that he was going on was not satisfying. The accident didn’t really change his life, though, until recently, he told BGEA. This year, Steele returns as a captain of the Purdue men’s swimming and diving team. On Jan. 21, 2009, a 12-year-old Johnson was at Indiana University practicing what is now his favorite dive: a reverse three-and-a-half somersault in the tuck position, according to the Washington Post. Johnson hopes to reunite with Boudia in synchro springboard for a Tokyo 2020 run, but he’s not ready to add that event yet. The doctors didn’t need to keep him overnight for observation because all he had was a cut and a minor concussion. He revealed in the video that he has since struggled with his memory, both short- and long-term. They know each other. Wingfield immediately reviewed the tape from that day and confirmed it was just a fluke. After the incident, Johnson was close to never diving again. Steele Johnson, an Olympic silver medalist and 5-time NCAA diving champion from Purdue University, has announced he will forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility to turn pro. She was equally proud when Steele scored 13th individually. Minimum price $125, 1 day publication. And he wants to glorify Him in whatever he’s doing. It’s not always gonna be that drastic of a change, but just know God’s got a plan and His plan is for us to be conformed to the image of His Son daily.”. He opened up about the accident in the above video and a … ©2020 Verizon Media. “Diving coaches probably don’t want to hear us call it the headbanger dive, but that is the dive that he banged his head on. Once Wingfield established that Steele’s accident was just that—an accident—he deleted the tape. According to the Washington Post, Johnson was back on the diving platform a mere month after the incident. But something for Steele, personally, was missing. Toll Free: 1-877-247-2426. Wingfield doesn’t like to talk about the accident. 2016 Olympic silver medalist Steele Johnson returned to competition for Purdue last weekend at the B1G Triple Duals meet hosted by the University of Minnesota. The story is a part of Steele’s life that God is using, but reliving the moment by video wouldn’t help anybody. October 19, 2016. Oakdale Woman Arrested on DUI Charges After Head-on Crash in Modesto. But we will also tell you that he was very fortunate. Add your voice! One day toward the end of second grade, 7-year-old Steele brought home a flier from school announcing diving lessons. “He’s incredibly focused. Then, the moment to glorify God on an international stage arrived: the post-dive interview. There’s always a definite purpose about himself with what it is he’s going to do.”. The entire time, Steele had hidden the fact from almost everyone that he was still suffering side effects from the accident. “Many people would have quit right then, and Steele had a greater meaning and a greater purpose for what he wanted to accomplish. Steele Johnson almost died on the diving platform. Instead, Johnson turned any fears and anxieties into motivation, which followed him all the way to the podium. A year before Steele came to terms with his accident, the Purdue freshman also had a spiritual realization. They’re grateful for the decision Wingfield made. And now serving as brothers in Christ, they don’t have to worry about the superficial stuff, Soldati says. Important conversations are happening now. I had to think about what happened and had we done everything right and was this a skill he should or shouldn’t have been doing?”. They sat down Steele, his head full of staples, and said simply, “You don’t have to do this.”. They stayed there until the paramedics arrived. “He had a pretty bad accident, and from that, to continue on a path to the Olympic games was amazing,” said Wingfield, now head coach of RipFest Diving in Indiana. The young diver’s coach, John Wingfield, jumped into the pool to save him. They knew going in that he could get hurt even with proper training. ANGELS CAMP, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2019) — A driver identified as Dan Tzur was killed and two others were injured Sunday in a collision on Highway 4 at Stockton Road.. Kristina Steele, of Hayward, was riding in a car driven by Matthew Steele when Tzur’s vehicle pulled out of a driveway into their path on at Highway 4 near Stockton Road. He took a deep breath like he was trained to do. Such a comeback story, a tale of God’s protection and timing. He preferred the freedom of water wings to the captivity of the inflatable baby raft. *A line consists of roughly 25-30 characters including letters, spaces, and punctuation. He overcame those fears that were there, and the end result so far has been an Olympic silver medal. Twelve-year-old Steele was in his third season at the National Training Center under head coach John Wingfield, who had just also been the 2008 U.S. Olympic head coach The youngster was training alongside Olympians Thomas Finchum and Mary Beth Dunnichay. He had a cut and a minor concussion. Success. U.S. diver Steele Johnson won a silver medal Monday in Rio de Janeiro with teammate David Boudia for men’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving. Diver Steele Johnson, owner of a fabulous name, won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics in 10m men's synchronized diving. We will say that until our dying day.”. By his second birthday, he was jumping comfortably off the diving board with his parents nearby yelling, “Kick your feet” so the tiny tot would get to safety. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Johnson lost consciousness and plummeted 33 feet into the pool. “[He] never did dive in high school because he didn’t attend a regular high school,” Jill said. “It’s not an easy fight, and my thing to Steele all the time is don’t ever think you’ve got this thing under control. Sure they’d like to win, but it isn’t all about that. I'm Steele and I'm a 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in Diving! His parents signed him up. I’m not happy. I have no joy, and I know that is really going to come from Jesus. Johnson’s account of the injury in a video posted. Initially, they wanted to keep him safe, give him a high school sport and, OK, maybe help him impress the girls along the way. Suddenly, his head hit the concrete platform. How Growing Up With Two Dads Shaped This Diver’s Olympic Dreams. “It’s hard for me to remember people’s names when I meet them for the first time.”. “Steele will be one of those guys, he’ll always be doing extra workouts on his own,” Bonhotal said. In the summer of 2014, with his future Olympic diving teammate, David Boudia, Johnson represented USA Diving at the FINA Diving World Cup. Though he was lucky to only receive staples in his head, Johnson has since felt the more serious effects from the gruesome injury. Jill was encouraged by the way her son took a stand for his faith–and not just a faith in God, but one in Jesus. In 2009, at age 12, he was practicing his favorite dive, a triple reverse somersault in a tuck position — watch for him to ace it in the men’s individual platform diving in Rio — when he cracked his skull on a concrete platform, sliced open his scalp and fell 33 feet into the pool. By That moment almost changed the trajectory of his life as well as the life of his young diver. He even grew out his hair so he wouldn’t have to explain his ear-to-ear scar. “I have so many issues with trying to think of things, trying to remember things,” Johnson explained. As an Olympic diver, Steele still sees the world upside down at times, flipping from the platform. Things happen. “Honestly, he didn’t even hesitate.”. Diving almost cost the Olympian his life seven years ago. Steele sat out his sophomore diving season at Purdue so he could retain collegiate eligibility while training for Rio, but he still trained at the Boilermakers facility. He held the skin of his young diver’s head together, keeping the blood in and the chlorine out. Steele, as durable and tough as his given name implies, leans not on a concept of faith, but an actual relationship with his Savior Jesus Christ. Steele leaned on Purdue diving coach Adam Soldati and teammate David Boudia, who had his own come-to-Jesus moment in 2009 after not medaling in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Press Democrat: “More importantly, when we do pray, Adam Soldati, our coach, really leads it but we want to be able to go into this competition and just be a vehicle for God’s glory,” Boudia said. United States' silver medalists Steele Johnson, right, and David Boudia, left, pose with their medals after the men's synchronized 10-meter platform diving final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “The amount of growth that that kid has had in the past six months has been just so cool to see God wanting to change his desires in what he wants to worship, and it’s been really neat to be able to be on this journey with him.”. The show, which was rebooted in 2016 after its initial airing in 1956, is hosted by Anthony Anderson. This man, Bill Johnson, used to tell funny stories about this and that, but mostly, he talked about his son, Steele Johnson, the young Carmel-bred diver from Purdue who will be going to the Rio Olympics in a few short weeks.Steele, he would tell me and anybody else within earshot, was the real deal, a diving star who would stand astride the diving world as one of the sport’s elite. “I was just still trying to get everything for me, and saying I was doing it for Jesus, but I really didn’t know who Jesus was. “But when he said he wanted to go on, that’s when we had to look at each other and say, ‘OK, we said if our kid is going to get severely injured or possibly die we’d rather it happen while doing something he loves rather than live a life of regret, because anything can happen,” Jill said. Steele grew up in church, which is to say if he wasn’t diving or studying schoolwork at home, he probably was attending youth group. He had successfully completed the progressions and even collected some more medals at the 2009 Junior Pan American Games. “I even think Steele getting 13th (individually) was totally God because it’s the, ‘OK, are you still going to say God got me here? Although accidents in diving are extremely rare, on January 21 in 2009 at age 12, Steele struck his head on a concrete platform doing a reverse 3 ½ … Steele, being the amazing diver that he is, had this horrible accident and now the reverse three and a half is his favorite dive. Steele’s parents attended a Billy Graham Crusade in Indianapolis, and Jill’s parents even volunteered for one in Amsterdam. He was baptized when he was 6 and surrounded by Christian influences almost everywhere he went—from training sessions with Wingfield to being at home. I was too caught up and wanted my own way. The blood’s rushing to his head!'”. Home Looking back on Steele’s life and his progression through the sport, Wingfield can’t help but be struck by Steele’s resolve. That accident is ever-present with the Johnsons, who sometimes jokingly call Steele’s reverse 3 ½ the headbanger dive. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. “I could have stopped diving, I could have gone back to middle school and just been a normal kid and played different sports like football or soccer.”. Twelve-year-old Steele, with a host of medals to his name and a strong, stubborn work ethic, had shown that he was ready for the reverse 3 ½. “It’s easier to profess your faith when things are going your way, but it’s a lot more difficult when things are not turning out the way you want them to,” Jill said. Prayer is central for Boudia, Steele and Soldati, and Rio was no different as they huddled before and sometimes after a competition. Could ’ ve torn more of my scalp open. ” progression, ” Johnson explained diving. 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