Over the weekend in Barcelona, Spain, at the swimming World Championships, 18-year old Missy Franklin entered into some elite company. Franklin joined Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto to become the fifth swimmer to win six gold medals at either the World Championships or the Olympics.
Franklin won three individual gold medals (100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter freestyle) and three relay gold medals (4×100-meter freestyle, 4×200-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley). She followed up last year’s amazing run at the London Olympics where she captured four gold medals and one bronze medal.
In last year’s interview with Inspiring Athletes, Franklin talked about her growing life of faith:
“God is always there for me,” she said. “I talk with Him before, during and after practice and competitions. I pray to Him for guidance. I thank Him for this talent He has given me and promise to be a positive role model for young athletes in all sports.”
For more from that interview, click the link below:
A conversation with Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin
Tulsa Shock forward Tiffany Jackson-Jones has steadily become one of the WNBA’s most valuable role players. Her impressive credentials include WBCA All-America honors at Duncanville (TX) High School, ESPN.com’s college Freshman of the Year award at Texas and National All-America kudos following her senior year with the Longhorns.
But in 2012, Jackson-Jones took a full year away from basketball to give birth to she and her husband’s first child. Now that she’s back on the court, she is back to her hard-nosed, aggressive style of play that makes her one of the more formidable defensive players in the women’s game.
In this video interview, Jackson-Jones talks about the example of greatness that Jesus has given her, what it means to be truly great and two significant moments in her life where she achieved greatness.
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings knows a little something about greatness. She was an All-American at the University of Tennessee and part of an NCAA championship under the guidance of legendary head coach Pat Summitt. Catchings has also won three Olympic gold medals, a WNBA title and WNBA MVP honors.
But in this video interview, Catchings reveals the true source of her greatness and makes the argument that everyone, in fact, has been “Created For Greatness.”
Going into the 2012 season, veteran tight end Billy Bajema didn’t know if he was going to make an NFL roster. But some injuries opened the door for him to join the Baltimore Ravens. As it turned out, barely making a team led to a championship ring as the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl XLVII.
In this video interview, Bajema talks about what it means to be created for greatness and how his faith has compelled him to always give his best: