9 Things You Need To Know About Diver Steele Johnson

9 Things You Need To Know About Diver Steele Johnson

America's newest Olympic golden boy almost died on his road to Rio. Now he's stronger than ever

America's newest Olympic golden boy almost died on his road to Rio. Now he's stronger than ever

Text: Jillian Selzer

Michael Phelps may have conquered the incredible feat of earning 21 (and counting) Olympic gold medals, but the seasoned swimmer isn't our only favorite star athlete in this year's competition. Newcomer Steele Johnson is killing the game as a diver for our very own home team, and we can't get enough of him. At 6'2 and just 20 years old, Johnson is proving himself as a major contender. Just in case you haven't heard of the talent taking over Brazil this summer, we've rounded up nine things you need to know about the Indiana native.

1. Rio 2016 is the diver's first Olympics games. So far, he has won a silver medal with diving partner David Boudia in the Men's 10 Meter Synchro Event.

2. He studies film at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

3. His older brother Race Johnson is a defensive back for the Purdue University football team.

4. He runs his own YouTube channel and has racked up almost 18,000 subscribers.

5. When he was 12 years old, he was in an accident that almost ended his career and life. During a dive, he hit his head on the concrete and split his scalp open. He revealed in a YouTube vlog that he struggles with short-term and long-term memory loss as a result.

7. The dive he performed before his accident, the three and a half somersault tuck is now his specialty.

8. He is a devout Christian.

9. His diving partner, 27-year-old David Boudia, also attended Purdue University.

Credits: Photo Courtesy of Steele Johnson/Twitter

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