Preparing for the Olympics … the Jesuit way

The worldwide buzz continues to build for the Beijing Olympics, which will begin Aug. 8. Eyes from around the world will be focused on two American swimmers, Michael Phelps and Natalie Hoff, as they demonstrate their athleticism with world-record-breaking times and growing piles of medals. (Phelps won six gold and two bronze in 2004.)

What few will be thinking about or even realize is all of the hard work and training all of the athletes competing  have done in preparation for the Olympics. For Phelps and Hoff, that training has been heavily influenced by Jesuit teaching.

The Catholic Review in Baltimore recently published this piece about how the Jesuits have influenced the two swimmers and their coaches.

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