Snowboarding legend Kelly Clark has risen to become a famous, world-class athlete that has stood on the Olympic podium, received a Gold Medal with the full understanding that all glory belongs to God.
Considered a snowboarding icon, Clark has established a reputation as one of the best athletes to ever take to the slopes. She stunned the sport with her early success and found faith along the way.
The Mammoth Lakes, Californian, earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2000. She was 16 years old at the time, and recalled the experience that called her to God. After a friend didn’t make the Olympic cuts, Clark overheard someone consoling her.
“Hey, it’s all right,” the colleague said. “God still loves you. You don’t need to cry.”
That moment of loving support stuck with Clark and she reached out by going to the woman’s hotel room later.
“I think you might be a Christian and I think you need to tell me about God,” Clark recalled. “I knocked on the right door.”
“I started to understand that I didn’t get my worth from people or from the things that I did,” Clark reportedly said. “It was from Christ. If I hadn’t had that shift in my life, I think my world would have come crumbling down.”
In 2002, at only 18 years old, Clark won her first Olympic Gold. She was the youngest person to ever reached her sport’s finals and has emerged as the winningest snowboarder in history.
The Call to Jesus Saved Clark