John’s Coming Home!
I know it’s only been a couple days since my last post, but I’ve got to mention some great news that’s come up. First and foremost, John Napier is currently in route home from Afghanistan. For those of you who don’t know who John is, here’s a quick bio: 2010 Olympic Team member, driver of USA Bobsled #2, ranked high in the top 10 Bobsled drivers in the world last year, Gold medal at the 2009 World Cup 4 man Bobsled in his home town of Lake Placid, NY. He is also a member of the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program and is a true American Soldier, which is why he was in Afghanistan. But most important is what’s been done for him, he’s been saved by Jesus. And because of that he represent’s Christ where ever he goes and lives and races for Him.
John’s been a huge blessing in my life. He has encouraged me to stay on track with my pursuit of elite athletics, and much more importantly my pursuit of the knowledge of the Gospel! For those of us who train for the Olympics, it is really hard to stay focused on our goals as Olympic hopefuls because there is a part of every man that makes him want to be working, doing stuff, and living the “American dream,” so it takes a lot of work to stay true to what I believe is our calling– representing Christ before the World at the Olympic Games.
I want to publicly thank God for keeping my friend safe, and give tribute to what the Lord has done in his life.
The second news flash is that I was invited to a National Team Training Camp with Head Coach Guy Wilding, at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California December 10-18. I’m excited for this opportunity and can not wait to get to paddle with these guys who hopefully soon, will be my teammates! But I am a little nervous about how I will compare and so will be working wicked hard this next month to be where I need to be. I have full confidence that Shaun’s coaching will be able to get me right in the mix with these guys. Now for the balancing act of school, training, and friends….