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A Godless Olympics

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Even with the iconic statue of Jesus Christ watch­ing over the Rio Olympics, NBC and main­stream media out­lets have cho­sen to ignore the impor­tance of reli­gion among athletes.

For exam­ple, swim­mer Michael Phelps, one of the great­est Olympians ever, lost his way until he found God a few years ago.

I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, wait­ing to go off. I had no self-​esteem, no self-​worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost,” Phelps said.

After his sec­ond DUI, Phelps got a call from for­mer NFL star Ray Lewis, who helped the swim­mer onto the road of reli­gious recovery.

Simone Biles, the gym­nast who won four gold medals, car­ries a rosary in her warmup bag and lights a can­dle in church before an event. Instead of empha­siz­ing her reli­gious beliefs, NBC and oth­ers talk about her mother, a for­mer drug addict.

Katie Ledecky, a Catholic like Biles, says a Hail Mary before each swim­ming event and proudly makes her reli­gious views known. Simone Manuel, the first African-​American woman to earn a gold medal in swim­ming, praised God after win­ning the 100-​meter freestyle. Her ref­er­ence to God got edited out when NBC put up the video on YouTube.

After Usain Bolt of Jamaica, the fastest man in the world, won his third gold medal in the 100-​meter sprint, he fell to his knees to pray. The NBC com­men­ta­tors appar­ently couldn’t bring them­selves to utter the word “prayer.”

Many other exam­ples exist, but NBC and other main­stream media have focused on less sig­nif­i­cant details of ath­letes’ lives rather than their trust in God. For­tu­nately, faith-​based news orga­ni­za­tions have chron­i­cled what the ath­letes them­selves con­sider their most impor­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic: their belief in God.

The Chris­t­ian Post wrote about U.S. ath­letes and their faith at http://​www​.chris​tian​post​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​10​-​c​h​r​i​s​t​i​a​n​-​t​e​a​m​-​u​s​a​-​a​t​h​l​e​t​e​s​-​a​t​-​r​i​o​-​o​l​y​m​p​i​c​s​-​2016​-​w​h​o​-​p​u​t​-​g​o​d​-​f​i​r​s​t​-​167556/

Eric Metaxas inter­viewed reli­gion writer Terry Mat­tingly about God and the Olympics at https://​sound​cloud​.com/​t​h​e​-​e​r​i​c​-​m​e​t​a​x​a​s​-​s​h​o​w​/​t​e​r​r​y​-​m​a​t​t​i​n​gly-5


Christo­pher Harper, a long­time jour­nal­ist with The Asso­ci­ated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Times, teaches media law. Read more at www​.media​mashup​.org

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Even with the iconic statue of Jesus Christ watching over the Rio Olympics, NBC and mainstream media outlets have chosen to ignore the importance of religion among athletes.

For example, swimmer Michael Phelps, one of the greatest Olympians ever, lost his way until he found God a few years ago.

“I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, waiting to go off. I had no self-esteem, no self-worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost,” Phelps said.

After his second DUI, Phelps got a call from former NFL star Ray Lewis, who helped the swimmer onto the road of religious recovery.

Simone Biles, the gymnast who won four gold medals, carries a rosary in her warmup bag and lights a candle in church before an event. Instead of emphasizing her religious beliefs, NBC and others talk about her mother, a former drug addict.

Katie Ledecky, a Catholic like Biles, says a Hail Mary before each swimming event and proudly makes her religious views known. Simone Manuel, the first African-American woman to earn a gold medal in swimming, praised God after winning the 100-meter freestyle. Her reference to God got edited out when NBC put up the video on YouTube.

After Usain Bolt of Jamaica, the fastest man in the world, won his third gold medal in the 100-meter sprint, he fell to his knees to pray. The NBC commentators apparently couldn’t bring themselves to utter the word “prayer.”

Many other examples exist, but NBC and other mainstream media have focused on less significant details of athletes’ lives rather than their trust in God. Fortunately, faith-based news organizations have chronicled what the athletes themselves consider their most important characteristic: their belief in God.

The Christian Post wrote about U.S. athletes and their faith at http://www.christianpost.com/news/10-christian-team-usa-athletes-at-rio-olympics-2016-who-put-god-first-167556/

Eric Metaxas interviewed religion writer Terry Mattingly about God and the Olympics at https://soundcloud.com/the-eric-metaxas-show/terry-mattingly-5


Christopher Harper, a longtime journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at www.mediamashup.org

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