From 27th July to 12th August, London hosts the
2012 Summer Olympic Games. As athletes from around the world compete
in 29 different sports, some of them tell their story of faith and
how winning gold isn't everything.
Felix, Sprinter for the USA says: 'My faith is definitely the
most important aspect of my life. My dad is a [seminary professor]
and I grew up in a very strong Christian home. Our family was very
involved in our church. I am so blessed to have my family and the
upbringing that I did. It means so much to me to have two very godly
parents who both have so much wisdom. They are amazing role models
that I have had the privilege to watch as I grew up.
Hear more from Allyson Felix here.
Kirsty Balfour, Swimmer, Scotland, Olympics 2004 and 2008, 2006 European Championships—2 gold and a silver, 2007 World Championships—silver
Brought up to attend church every Sunday,
Kirsty became a Christian at an early age. “I think I was about
seven when I gave my life to Jesus,” she remembers. However, it
wasn’t until just a few years ago that she started to think more
seriously about what she believed. “I came to a point where I had to
think through everything I believed again, and I have now made a
firm commitment to follow Jesus Christ. In the past few years my
relationship with Jesus has grown a lot stronger and I feel closer
Kirsty’s faith is fully integrated with her swimming, "I've given my life to God. I’m thankful to be able to use the talent God’s given me. I believe everything I do has a bearing. I believe things happen for a reason—the disappointment of the world championship and the success in the European championship. I think God has a plan for each of us."
Hear more from Kirsty Balfour here.
Cook, England, 2000 Olympic gold medalist—modern pentathlon
She had grown up in a Christian family and
recalls having a New Testament by her bed and reading bits of it.
“It was as if I knew there was someone there, watching out for me
and looking after me. When I was 17, I was walking to a good
friend’s house with her and she started questioning me about what I
believed. It was the first time anyone had challenged me to think
about spiritual things.
Hear more from Steph Cook here.
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