The 2016 summer Olympics in Rio begin this week. Here’s a repost to celebrate the Christian convictions of Eric Liddell 92 years ago at the Paris Olympics.
Born JANUARY 16, 1902
The gun went off. The runners launched forward on the track. Someone tripped Scotland’s favorite sprinter. Eric Liddell lunged onto the grass.
Image: courtesy of The Eric Liddell
Up to that moment in 1923, the Triangular International Contests (featuring England, Ireland and Scotland) had proved a winning venue for Eric. He served as Scotland’s champion in the 110 -meter and 220-meter races. Then he landed on the ground in the 440 race. Seconds passed. He caught his breath and sprang back onto the track. In nothing short of a miraculous recovery, Eric passed the other runners, breaking the finish line tape. He’d fallen to the ground, gasping for air, but he still won the race.
Eric was born in China to missionaries from Scotland. When he was five, they took Eric and his brother (a year older) back to Scotland to begin their formal education. Both…
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