Steele Alexander Johnson (born June 16, 1996) is an American diver. He has won multiple national titles at both the junior and college level. He made his Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games where he won a silver medal with David Boudia in the men’s 10 m synchronized platform diving competition.
Johnson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Bill and Jill Johnson. He has an older brother Race and a younger sister Hollyn. Race Johnson plays football for Purdue University, the same college Steele now attends. Johnson started diving when he was 7 years old. He later earned his high school diploma from Laurel Springs School, an accredited, private, online school based in Ojai, California.
On January 21, 2009 at the age of 12, Johnson had what could have been a career- and life-ending injury. He struck his head on the concrete platform during a reverse 3 1⁄2 somersault in tuck position and had his scalp “ripped in half”. He fell 33 feet into the water and was motionless until rescued by his coach. Johnson says he is incredibly lucky to be alive and that his injury truly changed who he was as both an athlete and a person. Johnson said in a video posted to YouTube that the dive is now his favorite dive to practice: “Something that almost killed me has become the thing that I’m best at.” He also revealed that he still suffers from memory loss due to the accident.
Steele is majoring in film and video studies at Purdue with a goal of becoming a director or cinematographer. On the side, he also produces, films, edits, and stars in his own daily vlogs on his YouTube channel. He also made his acting debut in a student film entitled “Blood And Water”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjn5TcpNr_I (Blood And Water Trailer)