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  • Track star runs ‘spiritual race’

    March 20 2018 by Roman Gabriel III, BR Sports Q&A | with 0 comments
    Track star runs ‘spiritual race’

    Sanya Richards-Ross has completed the 400-meter dash faster than any other American woman. At the 2012 Olympic Games, she became the second American woman in history competing in the 400 meter race to be crowned an Olympic Champion, and the first American woman in nearly three decades.

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  • Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    February 28 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    On an uncharacteristically warm day during the Winter Olympics, visitors to the train station were greeted by a number of different religious groups. The Mormons wore yellow vests. The Jehovah’s Witnesses had their literature racks set up. Methodist Koreans were carrying yellow bags as they handed out literature.

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  • Olympic athletes reflect on gold medal performances

    February 27 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympic athletes reflect on gold medal performances

    The extinguished Olympic torch on Sunday officially ended the 2018 Winter Olympics. And for some Christian athletes, this year’s games were especially sweet – but they seemed to keep their wins in perspective. U.S. freestyle skier and gold medalist David Wise had the words “I cannot fail because it is not my victory” written on his sleeve during the competition.

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  • Sister’s tragedy fuels Wise’s passion for amputees

    February 23 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sister’s tragedy fuels Wise’s passion for amputees

    David Wise remembers getting the text message from his sister Jessica in 2015 telling him that his other sister, Jessica’s twin Christy, had been in an accident while paddle boarding. Christy was going to live, but she was likely going to lose her leg.

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  • Pastor, sports ministry share God’s love to Olympians

    February 22 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor, sports ministry share God’s love to Olympians

    Pastor. Chaplain. Olympic dog sitter. That’s Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church in upstate New York near Lake Placid. Lake Placid is home to the Olympic Training Center where elite athletes come to train as they pursue their Olympic dreams.

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  • Hockey an opportunity for Hensley to love God, others

    February 21 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hockey an opportunity for Hensley to love God, others

    Her love of hockey started as a child with a neighborhood friend named Hayden. Nicole Hensley, a goalie on the U.S. women’s hockey team, remembers Hayden was always outside of her Colorado home playing street hockey with his family and friends. One day, he asked if she wanted to play, too.

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  • Olympic pin trading nurtures gospel conversations

    February 19 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympic pin trading nurtures gospel conversations

    Visitors to the Coca-Cola Pin Trading Center at Olympic Park walk in and peer at the hundreds of small pins spread in front of the traders standing behind the counter. The colors and designs are enough to catch anyone’s eye, encompassing pins from past Olympics in places like Sochi, Rio de Janeiro and Atlanta.

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  • Olympic sledder: Loved by God, no matter the results

    February 15 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympic sledder: Loved by God, no matter the results

    Elisabeth Vathje, readying for her sledding event in the Winter Olympics, isn’t bashful about the most important thing in her life. The Canadian skeleton racer clearly proclaims on her Twitter page: “Christ follower.” “First and foremost, I’m a child of God,” Vathje told Baptist Press.

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  • Olympic hockey player gains faith, loses an idol

    February 15 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympic hockey player gains faith, loses an idol

    Noah Welch had just signed a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers, and the team was expecting their new defenseman to develop and be a key part of their team. Then only five games into the season, Welch got into a fight with Montreal. His shoulder – dislocated. His labrum – torn.

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  • Museum of the Bible offers Olympics devotional plan

    February 15 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Museum of the Bible offers Olympics devotional plan

    A new devotional plan connects Bible reading to the Winter Olympics and gives readers insight into how the Bible has affected current and former Olympians. Produced by the Museum of the Bible, “Winter Olympics and the Bible” is a 10-day plan available for free on the YouVersion Bible app and at Bible.com.

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  • Nigeria’s Adeagbo sees God in unlikely Olympic trek

    February 14 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Nigeria’s Adeagbo sees God in unlikely Olympic trek

    They may not have much snow and ice in Nigeria, but that hasn’t stopped Simidele Adeagbo from making Olympic history – and she says the Lord is the one who directed her path. Adeagbo is the first Nigerian, the first African female and the first black female to compete in the skeleton event in the Olympics.

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  • Skater Maame Biney: First U.S. black woman in her sport

    February 13 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Skater Maame Biney: First U.S. black woman in her sport

    It’s hard to watch Maame Biney compete and not smile. After all she’s smiling, so it’s easy just to join in. Biney, the 18-year-old U.S. short-track speed skater, is making her Olympic debut this year as the first black woman from the United States ever to compete in an Olympic speed skating event.

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  • Five-time Olympian Clark embraces mentor role

    February 13 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Five-time Olympian Clark embraces mentor role

    Scientists recently found fossil evidence that dinosaurs and mammals once frolicked together across land at what’s now the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The discovery excited researchers because it represents, by far, the highest concentration of mammal tracks, as well as the largest mammal prints, ever discovered from the dinosaur age.

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  • Olympics wrap-up: God praised by athletes in triumph, defeat

    August 23 2016 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympics wrap-up: God praised by athletes in triumph, defeat

    The images and memories of the 2016 Olympics will endure for much longer than the torch’s flame. Simone Biles racking up five medals in gymnastics. Usain Bolt running away from every challenger. Katie Ledecky doing the same thing in the pool. Michael Phelps further establishing himself as the greatest Olympian ever.

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  • Olympics: Triple jumper ready for big leap

    August 19 2016 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympics: Triple jumper ready for big leap

    Will Claye’s journey to Rio began with heartbreak. He thought he had qualified in the long jump during the Olympic team trials. But he was wrong. “It took a lot of prayers and a lot of my family, my agent, old coaches just uplifting me and letting me know that this is in God’s plan,” Claye said.

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