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Timothy Dalrymple on Religion and Sports

Being that it is Super Bowl week, the mid-point of the NBA season, and with the Winter Olympics just around the corner, we are re-running one of our favorite interviews featuring Timothy Dalrymple discussing the relationship between religion and sports. When athletes point their fingers skyward to thank the Lord following a great play, what are they really doing? Based on his own experience as a world-class gymnast sidelined by a traumatic neck injury, Timothy covers the life of an elite athlete and adds to the story his experience with basketball phenomenon Jeremy Lin.

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Timothy Dalrymple on Religion, Sports, and Jeremy Lin

What role does faith play in the realm of elite athletics? Dr. Timothy Dalrymple shares his life story as a championship-caliber gymnast (winning a national title at age 15 and the NCAA with Stanford University in 1995) and also talks about his new book on Jeremy Lin, the underdog basketball phenomenon who took America by storm in 2012. Tim discusses the highs and lows of being a dedicated competitor and how his faith helped him through this journey. He also reveals what happened to him spiritually when he broke his neck in a gymnastic accident just before the 1996 Olympic tryouts. We use this discussion to help us understand the fascinating emergence of Jeremy Lin, who led the New York Knicks on an incredible seven game winning streak in February 2012 despite coming off the bench. We talk about the role that religion plays in Jeremy’s life and compare and contrast the media reaction to him with that being given to Tim Tebow (former Bronco quarterback now playing the NY Jets). We finish with some thoughts on what Christians in sports have to say about the state of American Christianity in general.

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