"Thousands are gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the opening of the games of the Thirty-First Olympiad—its ancient origins honoring Greco-Roman gods.
But did you know?
In the 1800s, Henri Didon, along with fellow Catholic seminarians put on Olympic-type games years before the modern Olympiad? Their motto, "Citius, Altius, Foritus" (or "Faster, Higher, Stronger"), is credited as the origin of what is now the official Olympic motto.
The founder of modern-day Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, also educated by Jesuits, was influenced by a movement known as “muscular Christianity”—a movement that emphasized the importance of physical fitness and sport in developing Christian morality and character.
Scholars have suggested that 1st Corinthians 9:24, where Paul encourages “running the race," influenced deCoubertin. He was convinced sports could strengthen both morality and character.
The Bible: Impacting the 2016 Olympic Games!"