TURIN, Italy - In a city famed for a holy relic, religious leaders have mobilized vigorously to provide Olympians with a large corps of chaplains and services at their villages ranging from Orthodox vespers to Islamic prayer to Buddhist meditation.
While some competitors avail themselves of these offerings, others find their own distinctive ways to fuse faith and sport. U.S. cross-country racer Rebecca Dussault, for example, has inscribed her skis with the name of Pier Giorgio Frassati, a beatified Catholic outdoorsman who roamed the mountains around Turin before his death, at age 24, in 1925.
‚ÄúMy faith comes first,‚ÄĚ said Dussault. ‚ÄúThen I‚Äôm a family woman. Then I‚Äôm an athlete. That‚Äôs how I find balance.‚ÄĚ
The two largest Olympic villages ‚ÄĒ in Turin and the mountain town of Sestriere ‚ÄĒ have interfaith centers with daily services for Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. Attendance is...
My, my, Lance, you really do notice what is one of the great issues of the modern Olympics. I think Neil and Tony, have gotten a handle on this one. They are still were shipping pagan gods in the modern Olympics just like they did in the ancient ones.
Looks like there is more than just spiritual help available at the Olympics:
"Condoms are being distributed free of charge in the pharmacies for the athletes and Olympic officials.
"The tradition of free condoms originally began at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics in an effort to raise awareness of AIDS. Since then, 40,000 condoms were given away at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, 100,000 at Sydney, 150,000 in Salt Lake City and 130,000 in Athens."