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Mission Network News — The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are underway in London, England. Millions of people are expected to participate in events which brings people together from all over the world. Mission Network News is partnering with Planet Sport to cover the games this year from a missions perspective.

There are a number of Christian athletes participating in The Games. American 400-meter runner and favorite Sanya Richards-Ross has run sub 50-second 400s more than 40 times–a world record. She’s running again this year for her country. But she’s also running for someone else — Christ. Her faith is important to her. “My husband and I pray together every time we’re together — at nights before we go to bed, we try to do Bible study together. My best friend and I pray before races. We don’t just because of races, but it’s something that allows us to come together. It’s a commonality that we have.”

Richards-Ross says, “Prayer is very important to me. It’s our direct line to Jesus, and we know that He hears us. Where two or more are gathered, we know that He is with us. So whenever I can, I pray with my teammates and encourage them as well.”

The Olympic Gold Medal is the only prize that has eluded her. Favored to win in Beijing, she finished third.

Meanwhile, South African cyclist Jo VandeWinkle says Europe is quite different than her country. “There are more people who have stronger faith than a lot of the Europeans, which is also an opportunity for us to bring that faith to Europe to show the Europeans that it does make a difference.”

Fellow South African cyclist Ashleigh Pasio says she would have given up cycling had it not been for her faith. She’s encouraged “just knowing that God has a plan and that things happen for a reason–although, His plan isn’t always the same as your plan.”

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