Steele Johnson is doing quite well in the "Best Name" competition at the Rio Olympics. The sexual innuendo quotient ranks right up there with German field hockey teammates Linus Butt and Florian Fuchs. But it turns out that Johnson is not only the owner a damn fine name but some serious diving skills.
Johnson and his partner David Boudia grabbed silver in 10m men's synchronized diving on Monday. It was an impressive showing for the duo, made even more impressive by Johnson's difficult journey to arrive at Olympic glory.
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At age 12, Johnson was diving and hit his head on the concrete platform, plunging into the water unconscious with his "scalp ripped in half." He opened up about the accident in the above video and a subsequent interview earlier this year, revealing that he still suffers memory loss issues to this day.
“I just kind of hid it from everyone for the past few years,” Johnson told the Indianapolis Star. “My girlfriend has recently helped me start to work on getting this memory back. Because if you tell me something two weeks ago, I probably won’t remember."
Johnson didn't let the accident or fear of getting in the water slow him down. Instead, he followed his passion to the Olympic podium Monday. "The cool part of the story," he said, "is something that almost killed me has become the thing that I’m best at."