Jesse Williams - Living Life Through God

American high jumper Jesse Williams has been one of the top track and field athletes since his high school career. In this interview he talks to Beliefnet about his strong religious belief and what he looks forward to in the 2012 Olympics!

Photo courtesy of Erik van Leeuwen

In 1984, Jesse Williams went to his first Summer Games. It was a memorable moment for many aspiring American athletes who were able to watch the world’s greatest competitors go head-to-head in their proverbial backyard.

Forgive Williams if he doesn’t remember too much about his first Olympic encounter. After all, he was only a few months old at the time. But eight years later, the world-class high jumper caught the fever while watching the 1992 Games in Barcelona. Thankfully for American track and field fans, he was never cured of that infectious desire.

In this Inspiring Athletes interview, Williams talks about the characteristics that have driven him to greatness, how his faith has been a steadying force in his life and how he hopes winning the gold medal at the 2011 World Track & Field Championships will launch him into the Olympic record books:

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How did you get into high jumping and what about the sport do you most appreciate and enjoy?

I have always been known as a natural jumper. Whatever sport I did I could always out jump everyone. I also as a kid would make up games with jumping involved so I knew I could win.

What are some key principles that you’ve relied upon throughout your Olympic pursuit?

Putting God first and working hard. I know that God has a plan for me and no matter how many times I fail I know its in Gods plan. I never let myself get down when I have a bad performance I use it as inspiration to work harder. I know that if I work hard and do everything possible to succeed then I know that's all I can do. I love putting forth the work then going out to compete and have fun competing for the Lord.

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