The darling winner of the all-around women’s gymnastic title, 16-year-old homeschooled American Gabby Douglas, declared to the world afterwards, “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” One of the first comments by teenage swimming sensation Missy Franklin, after winning one of her gold medals, was to thank God. The first person to win a gold medal for Ireland since 1996, Katie Taylor, declared after winning, “I serve an amazing God and without Him I wouldn’t be here with this gold medal around my neck.”
The great runner Bernard Lagat, a double gold medalist at prior Olympics, publicly made the Sign of the Cross just before he was introduced to the crowd for the grueling “5k” running race. Afterward he gave thanks for his blessings. Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius was perhaps the most inspiring athlete, competing with the world's fastest runners despite having only artificial lower legs and feet. After running in a preliminary round of the 400 meter race, he declared, "It’s moments like this when you step back and say, 'Wow, I’ve been blessed by the Lord.'"
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