Team USA has just pushed past China in the 2012 London Olympic medals count stats, 81 to 77. Key players in the flurry of US medals on Wednesday include Allyson Felix, women's 200 meters; Aries Merritt, men's 100 hurdles; Brittney Reese, women's long jump; Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings, women's beach volleyball.
Mainstream news outlets may have picked on up Felix's spirituality, though highlighting it in somewhat of a satirical tone: "Allyson Felix, the Chosen One who finally won an individual event to fulfill more than eight years of prophecy." Felix captured the first individual Olympic gold of her decorated Olympic career, running the 200 meters in a lightning 21.88 seconds. Felix had finished second in the 200 in the previous two Olympics. However, as noted in the following pre-Olympic video, her Christian faith has been instrumental in helping to keep things in perspective and to persevere when the going gets tough.
In her interview with Rossi Morrreali, quotes by Allyson Felix reveal that she grew up in a Christian home where church was a central aspect of life, "Church was always a huge part of everything we did." And she also offered some indications that her faith is real and personal, not just a buzz word or a symbol of religious ritualism. She stated, "As I grew older my faith became my own - as long as I can remember, I've definitely had a strong faith." Her Christian faith has been instrumental in helping her to persevere:
"I've definitely had some low moments where I've had to rely more on my faith. And I just go to that place of knowing that there is a bigger purpose for everything and think things in perspective."
As noted earlier in the London Olympics, US Olympian Gabrielle Douglas also thanked God and gave God glory for her Olympic medals. Kerri Walsh-Jennings, the women's beech volleyball champ, attended Baymonte Christian School in Scotts Valley, California. One of the core values of that school is, "Challenging students to grow in their relationship with Christ." Though Jennings does not seem outspoken about her spiritual beliefs, this school and its values may have been a factor in her success.
The adage "Correlation does not imply causation" implies that faith may not have been the most important factor in the victories, nevertheless, based on the testimonies of individual athletes and what they believe has helped to make them to become successful, faith does seem to be one of the key factors that has come into play in London 2012. If faith has been a key factor for individual winning Olympians, it may be noted that faith has been a key factor in the Olympics in general.
It is widely known that an underground Christian revival has been taking place in China for quite some time. But because China is basically an atheistic and totalitarian country where civil liberties are often repressed, such as the right to religious freedom and expression, we will never know how many of the medal winning Chinese are also Christians. I find it interesting that many in the world have been boycotting the London Olympics because it has become a staging ground for an escalating global police state. And, yet, despite all this, the power of faith in Christ is shining through the event in an ever more pronounced manner. If you are going through a difficult time, keep in mind that this is an experience that may help to forge your faith. A list of famous faith quotes may help to inspire and encourage you.
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