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13 Olympians Featured in General Conference Talks


Torah Bright and Kelly Clark 

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 Torah Bright earned a gold medal in the halfpipe in 2010 and a silver medal in 2014. Kelly Clark earned a gold medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games and bronze medals in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. Although competitors, Torah Bright reached out to Kelly Clark in an act of Christlike love, and Elder Stevenson praised the gesture in his April 2014 general conference talk. 

"As a skier and a snowboarder myself, I was deeply impressed with the “four-minute” silver medal-winning performance of Australian LDS athlete and snowboarder Torah Bright in the half-pipe competition. She dazzled the world as she finished a virtually flawless run culminating in a backside rodeo 720. However, even more impressive and surprising to the world was the way she reached out and demonstrated Christlike love to her competitors. She noticed that American snowboarder Kelly Clark, who had a bad first run in her final round, appeared to be nervous about her second run. “She gave me a hug,” Clark recalls. “She just held me until I actually calmed down enough and I slowed my breathing. It was good to have a hug from a friend.” Kelly Clark would later join Torah on the winners’ podium as a bronze medalist.
"When asked about this unusual act of kindness toward her opponent, which could have put her own silver medal at risk, Torah simply said, “I am a competitor—I want to do my best—but I want my fellow competitors to do their best, too.”

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