Olympic Faith

Olympians for Jesus

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If you are like many Americans, you found yourself glued to your TV over the last couple weeks watching the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. While Americans picked up 121 medals, it was interesting to see winners from multiple countries giving glory to God. Olympic winners are given an incredible platform as every media outlet in the world wants to grab a interview with the winners. We have seen American gold medal gymnast, Gabby Douglas, speak about her faith in Jesus over the last four years and it was nice to see so many others join her in sharing their faith at this year’s Olympic games.

Simone Manuel, the first African-American woman swimmer to win gold – “All Glory to God. Isn’t he awesome!” 

American gold medalist Maya Dirado“I don’t think God really cares about my swimming much. I think God cares about my soul and whether I’m bringing his love and mercy into the world”

Ethiopian gold medalist Almaz Ayana“I pray to the Lord. The Lord has given me everything. My doping is in Jesus”

American women’s triathlon gold medalist Gwen Jorgenson“I really think you just have to keep God as your focal point and know that he is always number one. When you do that it will help you gain perspective on everything in life-not just endurance sports”

“We both know our identity is in Christ” – Mens diving silver medalist David Boudia says about he and fellow American diver Steele Johnson

How are you using your platform to make Jesus famous outside the church?

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