Olympic Gold Medalist Called as Mission President (+ Videos)

Starting in July 2016, Olympic gymnast Peter Vidmar and his wife Donna will be heading on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Where they will serve has not yet been announced.

Vidmar is one of only three athletes who has been inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice, having been inducted for his individual achievements as well as his contributions to the historic achievements of the US men's gymnastic team in 1984. He is the highest-scoring American gymnast in Olympic history and has three Olympic medals: two golds (men's all-around team and the pommel horse) and one silver (men's all-around individual). 

After his days as an Olympian, Vidmar has toured the world as a public speaker. In 2008, he was elected the chairman of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. On December 11, he resigned from that position so he and his wife could serve the Church in their new calling.

“I love gymnastics, and it has shaped my life for the better,” Vidmar told USA Gymnastics' Report. “Through gymnastics I have learned discipline, hard work, trust, integrity, teamwork, and faith. Most important, I met my wife through gymnastics. I cherish the many friendships and the collective memories of trying to do good for our sport. Upon my return, I look forward to again doing what I can to assist USA Gymnastics moving forward.” 

Story originally found on Deseret News.
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