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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: Diving duo wins silver, gives credit to Christ
Aug15

Olympics: Diving duo wins silver, gives credit to Christ

>> by Tim Ellsworth Baptist Press RIO DE JANEIRO (BP)—U.S. divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson have known each other for 10 years, since a teenaged Boudia drove the 10-year-old Johnson to practice every day. On Monday (Aug. 9), Boudia teamed up with that “little giggly kid in the back seat,” as he remembered Johnson, to win a silver medal in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform event. “It was a successful day for both of...

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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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Olympics Update: Divers credit Christ, plus other stories from Rio
Aug09

Olympics Update: Divers credit Christ, plus other stories from Rio

Tim Ellsworth of Baptist Press is providing stories from the Rio Olympic Games that spotlight Christian athletes who are competing and provide insight from a Christian worldview as the world is paying attention to what is happening the next few weeks in Brazil.   Diving duo wins silver, gives credit to Christ RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) — U.S. divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson have known each other for 10 years, since a teenaged...

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Olympics spotlight: Sharing Christ in Rio
Aug08

Olympics spotlight: Sharing Christ in Rio

>> by Tim Ellsworth Baptist Press RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (BP)—Sid Hopkins is an eye-catching sight when he visits the Olympics. The retired director of missions for the Atlanta-area Gwinnett Metro Association dons a hat and vest decorated with hundreds of pins that people aren’t bashful about inspecting. Hopkins trades pins with other Olympics fans while distributing pins made especially for the Olympics that tell the story of...

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