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  • Sister's tragedy fuels Wise's passion for amputees

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (16 hours ago)

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    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- David Wise remembers getting the text message from his sister Jessica in 2015 telling him that his other sister, Jessica's twin Christy, had been in an accident while paddle boarding.

    Christy was going to live, but she was likely going to lose her leg.

    For Wise, a freestyle skier who won a gold medal in the halfpipe event in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the whole ordeal led him to a newfound gratitude for the ability ... Read More

  • Kelly Clark & Maame Biney, at Olympics, not deflated

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (3 days ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- Snowboarder Kelly Clark fell just short of adding to her Olympic medal collection, finishing fourth in the women's halfpipe competition earlier this week.

    Chloe Kim won gold for the U.S., while Clark's best run of 83.50 couldn't beat teammate Arielle Gold's score of 85.75.

    "I'm not done yet, but I don't think that many people get to stay around long enough to see what their legacy could look like," Clark, 34, said. "I'm extremely proud of these girls and I take a lot of pride in seeing them do well. It's been great to be a part of it for so long." Read More

  • Olympic pin trading nurtures Gospel conversations

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Visitors to the Coca-Cola Pin Trading Center at Olympic Park walk in and peer at the hundreds of small pins spread in front of the traders standing behind the counter.

    The colors and designs are enough to catch anyone's eye, encompassing pins from past Olympics in places like Sochi, Rio de Janeiro and Atlanta. And there are sport-specific pins depicting soccer, figure skating and gymnastics, along with corporate pins bearing the logos of Coca-Cola, McDonald's and NBC. Read More

  • Jamaican Olympian says trek to S. Korea is 'miracle'

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (4 days ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- He's not on the bobsled team, but for Jamaican Anthony Watson, competing as Jamaica's first skeleton racer in the Olympics is good enough.

    Watson followed an unlikely path to qualify for the Olympics -- so unlikely that he says the only explanation is God.

    "I have been told since I was a kid by my father, who's also my pastor, that he wanted dreams in his children to be so big that only God could fulfill them," Watson told BP. Read More

  • At Olympics, Marvin unites love for hockey & for God

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (4 days ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Sometimes, Gigi Marvin still feels like the same 11-year-old girl growing up in northern Minnesota who fell in love with the idea of playing hockey in the Olympics.

    Maybe that's why she's so passionate about RinkRat, a weeklong hockey camp she runs each summer that draws about 170 kids. While they definitely learn about hockey from one of the sport's most accomplished women, they also encounter Gigi's unbridled love for the Lord.

    "Even though it's not marketed as, 'Hey, you're gonna experience the Lord,' it's gonna come out," Marvin told Baptist Press. "Because my intention is for God to come out in all areas. That's just how I live life." Read More

  • Olympic sledder: Loved by God, no matter the results

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- Elisabeth Vathje, readying for her sledding event in the Winter Olympics, isn't bashful about the most important thing in her life.

    The Canadian skeleton racer clearly proclaims on her Twitter page: "Christ follower."

    "First and foremost, I'm a child of God," Vathje told Baptist Press. "I'm not a skeleton athlete or any of that. It doesn't matter my profession, but Jesus is still my Lord, and that's what's first in everything I do."

    Vathje will compete Friday and Saturday in the Olympics skeleton event, racing down a track of ice headfirst on a sled. She first began racing when she was 14 upon the suggestion of her father. For Vathje, it was love at first slide. Read More

  • Olympic hockey player gains faith, loses an idol

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Noah Welch had just signed a two-year deal with the NHL's Florida Panthers, and the team was expecting their new defenseman to develop and be a key part of their team.

    Then only five games into the season, Welch got into a fight with Montreal. His shoulder -- dislocated. His labrum -- torn. His season -- over. His career -- threatened.

    "At that point in my life, hockey was one of many idols that I had, and probably my main one," said Welch, a defenseman on the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team. "I didn't realize it, but God was using this circumstance to draw me to Him. He took the biggest opportunity that I've ever had in my hockey career, and just took it right away from me. He pretty much smashed the idol of hockey. Read More

  • Nigeria's Adeagbo sees God in unlikely Olympic trek

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (6 days ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- They may not have much snow and ice in Nigeria, but that hasn't stopped Simidele Adeagbo from making Olympic history -- and she says the Lord is the one who directed her path.

    Adeagbo is the first Nigerian, the first African female and the first black female to compete in the skeleton event (riding down a track headfirst on a sled) in the Olympics.

    Lots of athletes spend years practicing their sport to attain the skills necessary to make the Olympics. For Adeagbo, it was just a matter of weeks. Read More

  • Museum of the Bible offers Olympics devotional plan

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (6 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A new devotional plan connects Bible reading to the Winter Olympics and gives readers insight into how the Bible has affected current and former Olympians.

    Produced by the Museum of the Bible, "Winter Olympics and the Bible" is a 10-day plan available for free on the YouVersion Bible app and at Bible.com.

    "These Winter Olympians all had significant moments in their lives where the Bible provided hope and comfort in the face of struggles and triumphs," said Allison Brown, a writer and editor for the Museum of the Bible in Washington. "Readers can use this reading plan individually as part of their daily routine, or complete the plan with friends as they cheer for their favorite athletes." Read More

  • Skater Maame Biney: First U.S. black woman in her sport

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 12, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- It's hard to watch Maame Biney compete and not smile. After all she's smiling, so it's easy just to join in.

    Biney, the 18-year-old U.S. short-track speed skater, is making her Olympic debut this year in South Korea, and she couldn't be more thrilled. She's the first black woman from the United States ever to compete in an Olympic speed skating event.

    Photo by David McIntrye/Genesis Photo Agency

    "The smile on my face doesn't mean my life is perfect," Biney says on her Instagram profile. "It means I appreciate what I have and what God has blessed me with."

    Biney, who was born in Ghana, moved to the United States at age 5 to live with her father in Reston, Va. Kweku Biney saw a sign advertising skating lessons one day and, on a whim asked his daughter if she wanted to try it.

    She was an instant success. The coach told her father that Biney was too fast to be a figure skater and suggested speed skating instead. Read More