At Rio 2016, Steele Johnson received an emotional silver medal alongside David Boudia within the synchronized 10m springboard occasion. Since Rio, head accidents have compelled Boudia right down to the 3m springboard, and Johnson has joined him within the self-discipline to chase one other Olympic synchro medal. Individually, the 24-year-old Indiana native, now arguably essentially the most well-rounded American male diver, has sights on a multi-discipline Olympic look.
As a part of our preparation for the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, NBC Olympics despatched questionnaires to a variety of athletes to study extra about their lives on and off the sector of play.
Right here’s a few of what we discovered about Steele Johnson:
Inform us about your loved ones.
I’m married to Hilary Johnson, who’s a full-time vacation spot marriage ceremony photographer.
I’ve two mother and father, Invoice and Jill Johnson, who dwell in Carmel, Ind. I’ve an older brother, Race Johnson, and a youthful sister, Hollyn Johnson.
The place did you go to varsity?
I graduated from Purdue College in Might of 2019 with a bachelor’s diploma in Movie & Video Research. I competed three seasons for Purdue College.
What’s your job outdoors of athletics?
I’m a part-time freelance videographer for weddings and occasions. I additionally create web content material for YouTube and Instagram half time.
What does a typical coaching day seem like?
I spend roughly 5 to 6 hours doing precise coaching, with brief breaks and video research in between coaching periods. I sometimes am doing a mixture of dryland, weightlifting and diving from 8:30 a.m. to three:30 p.m. Monday by Friday. Saturday’s are sometimes simply weightlifting at 8 a.m. I sleep between eight and 10 hours each evening.
What’s your favourite exercise?
I take pleasure in exercises that contain a whole lot of arduous dives on 3m springboard. These exercises aren’t mentally difficult, however extra bodily difficult that depart me with a way of accomplishment on the finish each time.
What’s essentially the most grueling exercise you’ve got ever executed?
A few of the hardest exercises are those the place I do a whole lot of fundamental dives within the pool. The dives are straightforward, however spending three to 4 hours on easy expertise can typically be essentially the most bodily and mentally difficult exercises.
What’s one thing stunning about your coaching?
Individuals could be shocked to know simply how a lot dryland I do. While you consider diving, you consider water, however the majority of my exercises are executed on land, trampoline, or within the mats.
Do you utilize any out of the bizarre/experimental coaching strategies?
We’ve got tried utilizing physique sensors prior to now to measure how we will improve our soar or spin charge, however now-a-days the one expertise I exploit is a video digicam.
Please describe your hardest accidents and the restoration.
2006: I broke my proper wrist, and each knuckle on my proper hand.
2009: I hit my head on the 10m platform. This harm left me with 33 staples and a drain in my head. After 1.5 months away from the game, I used to be in a position to make a full restoration and ultimately used that very same dive to win an Olympic silver medal within the 2016 Olympics.
2015-2019: In 2015, I discovered I had a damaged foot. As an alternative of getting surgical procedure, I pushed by the ache and competed on the 2016 Olympics a yr later with that very same damaged foot. In September of 2018, I had surgical procedure to repair a brand new break in that very same bone, however the surgical procedure had dangerous uncomfortable side effects. The screws put in my foot prompted an allergic response and I ended up having a second surgical procedure on that very same foot in February of 2019. I’m nonetheless coping with ache within the foot however have since competed on the World Championships and Pan Am Video games whereas in restoration. My foot is now not damaged, however the residual ache is there.