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Are you hopeful that God will use you to be a witness in London and wherever else this path might take you?

That’s always been my prayer. I pray every night, whether its just through my team or somehow if he uses me on a bigger scale, is that he takes the platform that he’s given me and uses me, speaks through me—not only through my words but through my actions as an athlete. The Olympics is the biggest thing for gymnastics. I just pray for opportunities and I know He’ll speak to me and show me those opportunities where I’ll be able to show my faith. I go to Dr. Ed Young’s church down here and he preached about, “When is it right to hide your faith and when is it right to show your faith?” He told us that when you feel like hiding it, you need to show it, and when you feel like you’re being prideful and you want to show it, hide it. That really hit me hard. It would be really easy when you’re on live TV and the whole world is watching you to want to hide your faith. You want to avoid the persecution that the world is going to give you for it. But it’s in that moment when I really need to show it. That’s when I need to use my platform as a gymnast to show what the Lord has done for me.

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