February 16, 2010

Yaaay Olympics Yaaaay

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:13 am by Gina

Hey readers!
So I have to write at least one post about the Olympics. I have always been so fascinated by them, and more specifically the athletes that participate. They have worked so incredibly hard to get to this point in their careers, sacrificing their bodies and almost every other aspect of their lives to concentrate on the coveted gold medal. I could go on and on about how they amaze me, but I was on Yahoo! today and saw an article about someone that gave up that chance of the gold.

Her name is Kristin Holum, and twelve years ago when she competed in speedskating at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, everyone was certain she would be breaking records and winning medals today in Vancouver. When she placed sixth in the 3,000 meters (one of the toughest races) at the age of seventeen, people believed that Holum was destined for greatness, and would go on to continue to amaze everyone in the years to come.
But after a visit to Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, she decided that instead of devoting her life to speed skating, she would devote her life to God. She became a nun in the order of Franciscan Sisters of Renewal and has worked in New York and England. You can read more about her decision and how speed skating has influenced her work as a nun here.
What do you all think about this? Devoting your life to something completely? Giving up one path for another?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Jess

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