All posts tagged: Olympics

God spoke 3 words that transformed Olympian Lolo Jone’s defeat to victory

During the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing, China, the favourite, American Olympian Lolo Jones, was competing in the 100-meter hurdles and on her way to a gold medal, when she clipped the second last hurdle.

God told her ‘just focus on me’ & McLaughlin sets world record in hurdles

Sydney McLaughlin, 21, is a sprinter and hurdler for America’s Olympic team and during the trials leading up to the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, McLaughlin broke the world record for the 400-meter hurdle trials with a time of 51.90 seconds. She is the first woman to ever run this event in under 52 seconds. She broke the world record held by fellow teammate, Delilah Muhammad, who ran the event in 52.16 seconds in 2019. In an interview after the record-breaking run, McLaughlin stated that it was her faith in God that contributed to her success, stating that as she was training, God told her to “just focus on Me.” In a post on Instagram after her run, McLaughlin wrote: “My faith was being tested all week. From bad practices, to 3 false start delays, to a meet delay. I just kept hearing God say, ‘Just focus on me.’ It was the best race plan I could have ever assembled. I no longer run for self recognition, but to reflect His perfect will that is …

New Zealand selects trans-female weightlifter for Olympics

New Zealand’s decision to choose a trans female to represent the country in the female weight lifting event at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo has caused a bit of an uproar. Prior to transitioning to female in 2013, Hubbard, 43, had competed as a male weightlifter. The Olympics allows transgender females to compete provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for 12 months prior to competition. However, many believe this does not negate the advantage that biological males receive going through puberty, resulting in larger muscle mass and heavier bones. Sharon Davies who is representing Britain in swimming at the Olympics commented that being born a biological male gives Hubbard a 30% over biological females: Belgian weight lifter, Anna Vanbellinghen, described Hubbard’s participation as a ‘bad joke’ adding: “Life-changing opportunities are missed for some athletes — medals and Olympic qualifications — and we are powerless. Of course, this debate is taking place in a broader context of discrimination against transgender people and that is why the question is never free of ideology.” …

Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio De Janerio Photo: Artyominc/Wikipedia

Bad Idea: Keep the Jews off the Bus

A story has recently come from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Lebanese participants blocked Israeli Jews from getting on a bus. Lebanese athletes were already on the bus and they refused to share. The Lebanese team in these Olympic games will always be remembered as the people who kept the Jews off the bus, and that will overshadow anything else they do. It’s all about a brief conversation at the door of a bus. This is one of those issues that will never go away. In our times, stories are recorded and published, and the interesting ones stay with us forever. Nothing can be done in a corner anymore because informal news comes from cameras in cell phones, and it travels quickly to the whole world, through venues like Twitter and You Tube. For official journalism, this incident happened at the Olympics, while the whole world was watching. The popular saying is ”all eyes are on Brazil.” The Olympics always attract large numbers of news reporters who desperately need something to write about. …