To fully appreciate this comment you’d have to know Rae Edwards firsthand. Since most of you probably don’t, all I can tell you is that it was not said in the same way that one might hear a Grammy winner start off their prepared speech with, ”first and foremost, I’d like to thank God…. It was so candid and honest that it made me laugh and tear up at the same time. Like so many of us, he came into this meet not the odds on favorite to make the team, without the belief of peers and those ‘in the know” that he could actually do it, and the added weight of years and years of falling just a little short of your ultimate goal. But when it came down to it, he still believed in himself and he still believed that Phil 4:13 applied to him. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. (I don’t even know if he knows that verse, but I am sure he believes in its sentiments).
Like I’ve said before, I am going out on that field tomorrow to do my absolute best and embrace the opportunity in front of me. I don’t need to be the favorite, I don’t need to convince anybody that I should be wearing a swoosh, I don’t need T.V. time, I don’t need to care about who is capable of jumping what or worry about what they’ve jumped before. I just need to know that above anything else, if I believe in myself then I have two people in my corner, and at the end of the day that’s all you really need.