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Kelly Clark—Gold Medal Snowboarder—Saved Life

Gold Medalist Snowboarder Kelly Clark

And Her Saving Incident

Her own words:  

Wikipedia verifies her testimony and a Baptist Press article  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Clark

 “Kelly Clark trained for competitive snowboarding at Mount Snow Academy in Vermont and graduated in spring 2001. She won a gold medal for women’s halfpipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics and competed in the halfpipe event again in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Her last run started off in spectacular fashion; however, she missed a landing later in the run and ended up placing fourth behind fellow Americans Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, as well as Norwegian Kjersti Buaas. In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Kelly won a bronze medal in the halfpipe after placing third behind American silver medalist Hannah Teter and Australian Torah Bright.”

At the start of the 2004–05 season, Kelly overheard a conversation at a competition in which a competitor was upset as she failed to qualify for finals. Another snowboarder comforted her by reassuring her that God still loved her. At that moment, Kelly felt something stir within her. The recognition that Christianity was about having a personal relationship with God never struck her before. She thought of it as a work aspect religion. Though she had it all in the way of Olympic fame, she was empty and did not care about life, even about waking up in the morning to greet a new day. She also felt no one truly loved her. Kelly returned to her hotel room thinking about the statement. She began reading the Bible placed there. She didn’t understand what she was reading so went to a competitor’s room as she believed her to be a Christian. Their conversation sparked her to investigate the claims of Christ. She learned He already loved her and was there for her.  Needless to say, she turned her heart over to the Savior and exited from her loneliness and emptiness. Knowing Jesus Christ, according to Kelly, freed up her snowboarding and allowed her to enjoy the sport more. “She now rides with a sticker on her snowboard proclaiming, “Jesus, I cannot hide my love.‘” Jesus Christ saves unto eternal life.

“Kelly became a member of the US Snowboard team in 2000, and later won a gold medal in the Winter Olympics.”

“In 2007/2008 she finished World No.3 on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))”

“In 2008/2009 she finished World No.1 on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour and is the current Title Champion (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))”

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Side note: At the Vancouver Olympics many people were taking the Bibles in the hotel rooms. Praise God! Local Gideons kept busy in the replenishing process.

 (1 John 5:10-13—the Bible)   paradise

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April 8, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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