AMP S5E67: Following the Dream to Adopt AND Win the Gold - Laura Wilkinson


Since the days of Greek Mythology, Olympians have been a group of people who were the best of the best. They are set apart in not only their athletic abilities, but also their work ethic, discipline, and goal-setting. We look up to them, we see them as celebrities of sorts, and we get so excited to watch them and root for them every few years.

Beating what many said were impossible odds in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, Laura, starting in eighth place and with a broken foot, came from behind to win the 2000 Olympic platform gold medal. Laura has also won the 2004 World Cup and the 2005 World Championships, becoming the first woman in history to win all three coveted world titles in platform diving. Along the way, she has won 19 US National Titles, been voted by the American public the 2000 US Olympic Spirit Award winner and was nominated for an ESPY award. Laura has also been inducted into five different Halls of Fame including the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


Laura attended the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games as a reporter and analyst for NBC. In 2017, following a nine year retirement, Laura returned to competition. She is now currently training full time with her eyes set firmly on a fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

2019 has brought a few new endeavors to the forefront. Laura is now hosting the Hope Sports Podcast, where she speaks with elite and professional athletes each week about purpose beyond performance. Also, she has created an online course specifically for competitive athletes called Confident Competitor to help eliminate performance anxiety and help athletes approach competitions with confidence.

So what does this have to do with adoption? Well, in addition to Laura and her husband Eriek having 2 children biologically, they have also brought home 2 children in separate international adoptions.

Laura and I got to talk about her story and how she makes it all work with being an adoptive mom and dealing with the unique circumstances that come with that and training for the freaking Olympics (No big deal, right?). I love her heart for blending the aspects of her life together and including her children every step of the way.


In the Friday show this week, we’re going to be talking all about how we follow our dreams to adopt AND everything else God has called us to, so if you want to check that out and grab your Bible Study guide for this week (and you do!), click below!

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