Most Decorated Olympic Snowboarder Proudly Shares Her Faith
HeartEternal Staff 2/16/2018
From the time she was seven years old, Kelly Clark knew that she was destined to be a professional snowboarder. While other girls her age were having sleepovers and focusing on schoolyard crushes, Kelly was busy developing her halfpipe skills and picking out new gear.
Fast-forward 27 years, and Kelly is now the most decorated Olympic snowboarder of all time and is competing in her fifth Olympic games.
Even though she has all of the fame, fortune, and admiration in the world, there has been one guiding light in her life that helped keep her head on straight...
Kelly is no stranger to the limelight. She's won a plethora of awards and medals over the years, including seven X Games gold medals, eight Burton U.S. Open halfpipe championships, two Olympic bronze medals for halfpipe and one gold. She's been a staple at every single Winter Olympics since 2002 - young snowboarders all around the world look up to Kelly for her talent and poise.
Natalie McLeod, a fellow snowboarder, told the Fellowship of Christian Athletes that Kelly stood out even at 16 years old.
"She was so good then. I still remember my brother coming home saying, 'Oh my gosh! This girl is super young now, but she's amazing.'"
Thankfully, Kelly had someone by her side from the very beginning. This person calms her nerves and reminds her not to take things too seriously. That figure is God!
During some of her most impressive snowboarding runs, Clark had a sticker on her board that read six powerful words: "Jesus, I cannot hide my love." This is the reminder she needs that everything is in His hands and she is simply a vessel for His love.
With God by her side, Kelly's accomplished more than most snowboarders could even imagine.
Now, Kelly is back for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and told NBC News it's the dream of a lifetime.
"I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be trying to make my fifth Olympic team. It's been an absolute privilege to represent the U.S. and go to the last four Games.
Every [Olympic] Games for me has really been kind of a case-by-case adventure. I didn't know I would still be so motivated after all these years."
Without God's love and support, Kelly knows that her career wouldn't have been nearly as successful.
She spoke to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes about how her career accomplishments and life struggles all came together to help form a bond with Jesus Christ.
"He was very real, very present in my life. I gave my heart to the Lord..."
We wish Kelly nothing but the best during these Olympic games and in the years to come. It's easy to see her story is far from over!