U.S. high jumper Matt Hemingway, at the Athens Olympics opening ceremonies, poses with some members of the Indian delegation. “I told them that my wife [Kate] went to school at Kodai Kanal [in India] and they thought that was cool.” Photo courtesy of www.higher2fly.com
ATHENS (BP)--As a high school athlete, Matt Hemingway made it abundantly clear that he was serious about Christianity.
His high school’s teams in Buena Vista, Colo., were named the Demons, and Hemingway refused to wear the word “Demons” on his uniform. His stance was so adamant that the track coach ordered uniforms with only the school name on them.
At the Olympics in Athens, Hemingway won’t have to worry about satanic references on his uniform and will gladly don “USA” instead. But the high jumper, who begins his competition Aug. 20, is still concerned about living a life of faithfulness to God, especially in a setting as visible as the Olympic Games. Read More