Olympics Sledder Elisabeth Vathje: Loved by God, No Matter the Results

Elisabeth Vathje, readying for her sledding event in the Winter Olympics, isn’t bashful about the most important thing in her life.

The Canadian skeleton racer clearly proclaims on her Twitter page: “Christ follower.”

“First and foremost, I’m a child of God,” Vathje told Baptist Press. “I’m not a skeleton athlete or any of that. It doesn’t matter my profession, but Jesus is still my Lord, and that’s what’s first in everything I do.”

Vathje will compete Friday and Saturday in the Olympics skeleton event, racing down a track of ice headfirst on a sled. She first began racing when she was 14 upon the suggestion of her father. For Vathje, it was love at first slide.

“I’ve always been amazed at the Olympic Games, and I always wanted to be a part of it, and skeleton ended up being the sport that wooed me…. I love going fast, that’s for sure.”

Vathje was raised in a Christian home and attended a Christian school as a child. As she got into high school, she said her beliefs began to morph more into her own relationship with Jesus rather than just what her parents taught her.

She says her faith in Christ has a strong connection with her work as an athlete at the highest level of her sport.

“I know that regardless of what I do on the track, that I’m still loved by God and that it takes every single pressure away — because I know God is giving me success,” Vathje said. “But I know that even if the success doesn’t come, it doesn’t change the way God sees me and the way I should see Him.

“So, it gives me peace in that I don’t have to fight for results for my worth.”

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Source: Baptist Press