Now that the 2008 Olympics have begun, the media and general public will be showing a great deal of interest in sports that haven’t been mentioned on the air or in print in, oh, I’d say about four years. The same goes for the participants. Because of this increased interest, it’s not surprising that LDS-themed publications, such as the Church News and Mormon Times, are covering the LDS athletes in Beijing.
In a slightly different (and welcome) vein, this month’s New Era contains an article called “Good Sports,” which profiles eight young LDS athletes who have achieved success in their sports and who discuss how their “participation in athletics has helped them better understand and live the gospel and has taught them how to maintain balance in their lives.”
None are Olympic athletes (though it seems that a couple could be someday), and they all have strong testimonies of the gospel. I particularly like the story of the 14-year-old boy from England who competes in tae kwon do. He has a great story and some interesting things to say.
To see some pictures of these athletes, read the PDF version of the article.