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Olympics wrap-up: God praised by athletes in triumph, defeat
Aug29

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

RIO DE JAINEIRO (BP)—The images and memories of the 2016 Olympics will endure for much longer than the torch’s flame. Simone Biles racking up five medals (four gold) 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. The list could go on. Several athletes who are professing Christians joined in the...

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Olympics: Triple jumper ready for big leap
Aug23

Olympics: Triple jumper ready for big leap

>> by Tim Ellsworth Baptist Press RIO DE JANEIRO (BP)—Will Claye’s journey to the Rio Olympics began with heartbreak. He thought he had qualified in the long jump during the Olympic team trials in July. He even took a victory lap. 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 told Baptist Press. “It was something...

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Olympics Update: Triple jumper, Volleyball player and Pentathlon competitor share faith
Aug15

Olympics Update: Triple jumper, Volleyball player and Pentathlon competitor share faith

Triple jumper ready for big leap  RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) — Will Claye’s journey to the Rio Olympics began with heartbreak. He thought he had qualified in the long jump during the Olympic team trials in July. He even took a victory lap. 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 told Baptist...

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Olympics: U.S. volleyball player seeks God amid trials
Aug11

Olympics: U.S. volleyball player seeks God amid trials

RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) — Micah Christenson spent the past year playing professional volleyball in Italy. Sound like fun? He thought so, too, until he got there. He couldn’t speak the language and was living alone for the first time in a foreign country. He didn’t have any friends on the team. And then he got sick the first week. “I’m throwing up, and I’m sitting in my apartment alone,” he told...

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Olympics: Nightly prayers keep skeet shooter’s focus on God
Aug10

Olympics: Nightly prayers keep skeet shooter’s focus on God

RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) — Vincent Hancock was so fed up with skeet shooting in 2011 that he almost quit. Despite winning gold in skeet shooting in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Hancock had lost his love for the sport. After a horrible World Cup competition in Slovenia — his worst finish ever — he called his wife Rebekah to tell her he wanted to quit. “No, don’t do that,” Rebekah told him. “Just...

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