2020-04-27
Every two years, a massive flame burns for two weeks and hundreds of hopeful athletes gather beneath it. The best of the best compete to cement their names in history and take honor and glory back to their home country. When the Olympics take place, the entire world seems to stop. Every Olympics, some athletes cave under the pressure while others shine. Athleticism and endurance is always on display, but some athletes also show off their faith. Some Olympians are more open about it than others, but there are many who hold fast to their faith even as they fight for the culmination of years of hard work. With billions of eyes watching their every move, religious athletes have a chance to share their faith through both word and actions, and some leap enthusiastically at the chance to share their beliefs. What do you remember about religion at the Games? Can you name these religious Olympians? 
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This Muslim woman was first USA Olympian to compete in a hijab.

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This track athlete makes the sign of the cross before each competition and wears a miraculous medal.

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This American swimmer was quoted as saying “All I can say is glory to God” immediately after tying for the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in the 2016 Rio Games.

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This Japanese athlete trained for the canoe slalom in the afternoons after his morning duties as a Buddhist priest in Zenkoji Temple.

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This devout Mormon was injured in the 2006 Winter Olympics while she was training for her chance at a gold medal in Skeleton.

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This Jewish figure skater is famous for his “Riverdance” routine and helped Team USA take home the bronze in 2014.

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Gold Medalist

Wow, you really know your Olympians! You love to watch the games and keep careful track of how your favorite athletes fare against the competition. You know all the Olympian’s stats and make good predictions about how they will stack up against their opponents. If your friends have questions about the Games, you’ve got them covered. You’d be a gold medalist yourself if trivia were an event! 

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Torch Bearer

You’ve got a decent eye for spotting faith in athletes, but you don’t know them all by heart. You tend to watch the Opening Ceremonies, but following the Games doesn’t dominate your life. You’ll tune in for your favorite events or catch up on highlights in the evenings, but the Olympics are only of passing interest. If you want to compete in the Trivia Games, you need to do a lot more training!

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Couch Potato

Are you watching the same Games as the rest of the world? You seem to have trouble spotting the religious competitors, or you aren’t that interested in the Games. For you, the Olympics are a vaguely interesting event that happens every two years, but you don’t care to watch them. You’ll just catch the highlights later or trust a friend to tell you if something interesting happened.

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