Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption


Goodreads Synopsis:

One of America’s most heralded young divers, David Boudia twice went for Olympic gold, training obsessively and whole-heartedly for success. In his first Olympics, he failed miserably, not winning a single medal. Four years later saw a different story: he mounted the podium twice, winning both gold and bronze. The difference? In the intervening years, he’d changed the focus of his quest from seeking glory for himself to giving glory to God. In Greater Than Gold, Boudia provides a behind-the-scenes access to the rarefied world of world-class athletics while also showing readers that when they place their hope in God, they receive what they’ve been seeking all along.


I don’t usually like biographies but I love the olympics and I was curious about this book. I approached it with a fair bit of skepticism. I thought this would be a Joel Osteen pop-psychology book about how if you believe in yourself God will help you win gold medals.

However, Boudia shows a deep understanding of theology. He received great discipleship upon becoming a Christian and has many valuable insights both into the particular sport of diving as well as sports and Christian life in general.

P.S. The bathing suits that the male divers are wearing in this olympics are ridiculous. It looks like they are wearing girl’s sized speedos. Why? Boudia explains that the speedos are small for a practical reason: for flexibility. However that seems like a moot point. The women are wearing bathing suits that cover their hips and they seem to be twisting and turning just fine. So are men hips just incredible sensitive or what? Fact is it’s simply about sex. This is why some media outlets posted articles with pictures of the men’s crotches lusting over their “packages” in the beginning of this olympics. The same is true in women’s beach volleyball and in women’s gymnastics. It’s about sex and sexualizing these teens. Anyway, that rant is irrelevant to the book.


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