The Glory of the Games Puts the Spotlight on Christian Olympians

Chad Bonham interviewed numerous Olympians for his new book The Glory of the Games. We talk to him about the athletes, writing, and what the Olympics mean to him.

Beliefnet blogger and author Chad Bonham set his sights on the gold this time around. He interviewed Christian Olympians about their lives, their beliefs, and their accomplishments in sports, compiling them into a book that highlights Biblical principals and what it means to be a Christian in the Olympic games. We caught up with him to discuss the book, what drew him to the Olympics, and his own personal experience with the games.

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What drew you to writing about the Olympics?

I have been a fan of the Olympics since I was about nine years old. I always had the crazy dream of being an Olympian one day but God didn’t bless me with that level of athletic ability. So I settled on writing about Olympians instead. And just being able to meet these people and in some cases develop friendships with them has been pretty amazing.

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What do you think makes the Olympics such a special event?

The Olympics represent the best of the best from pretty much every nation of the world. It’s the ultimate competitive event and so many of the athletes are competing for ideals that transcend the quest for fame and fortune that has became all too prevalent within professional sports today. That’s not to say that the Games are free of commercialism or selfish motives, but you can still find a purity within these Olympians—even in the attitudes of the pro athletes that compete—that’s hard to find elsewhere.

Which interview for the book was your favorite?

That question is like asking me to pick one of my favorite three sons! But like my kids, each interview subject had its own unique personality. A couple that standout would be Tamika Catchings and Ruth Riley. That’s probably because I’ve always appreciated their servant’s hearts and their willingness to always be a part of various projects I’ve worked on in the past. Tamika is especially a great story because of all she overcame as a young girl. I also loved Bobby Jones’ story. His quest to live with integrity is something that should inspire all of us.

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