Imagine being 18-years-of-age and you have accomplished everything you’ve ever wanted to do with your life. That’s the very point where Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark found herself.
Clark, a native of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., fulfilled a lifelong dream when she joined the U.S. Olympic team in 2000 at the age of 16. Two years later, she won an Olympic gold medal for the Halfpipe during the Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
She had the money. She had the fame. But all she could think about was one burning question — Now what?
Clark recently told FCA Magazine that all changed when she overheard a short conversation between a fellow female snowboarder and her friend. When the snowboarder failed to qualify for the finals, her friend told her “Hey, it’s all right,” the friend said. “God still loves you. You don’t need to cry.”
Clark said she wanted to know more. She happened to be staying in the same hotel as the other woman. So, she knocked on her door and said, “I think you might be a Christian and I think you need to tell me about God.”
Clark still feels grateful when she thinks about that moment.
“I knocked on the right door,” she told FCA Magazine.
That knock set her on a new course — she accepted Jesus Christ and was transformed with a renewed mindset.