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    Christians in skating

    As a Christian, I like to write famous Christians and encourage them. Which figure skaters are known to be Christians?

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    Depends on how you define "Christian". Michelle Kwan is extremely quiet; based on some quotes regarding her family's Christmas celebrations, I assume that she is a Christian of some type. Paul Wylie is what is usually termed an "evangelical" or "born again" Christian. Tim Goebel is Catholic; he prays before each skate. Tara is also Catholic. Don't know about any others.

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    I am thinking Michelle is some kind of Buddhist or something like that. I know she usually wears a pendant from her grandmother that is some kind of oriental religion. I could be wrong but I'm fairly certain. You really don't hear much about their religion. Which is understandable since they are judged so much on whatever they do.

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    I thought that Michelle's necklace was a Chinese dragon, which is a "good luck" symbol, rather than a religious symbol.

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    In one of her fluff pieces on TV, Michelle told about how thrilled she was one year to win a Christmas tree in some kind of contest at school. Her family couldn't afford one that year, because all their money went for skating lessons for her and Karen.

    She has also expressed admiration for the Dalai Lama as a person of great serenity.

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    Bebe Liang is a devout Christian. She is an accomplished pianist and, I believe, plays and sings for her church choir.

    Naomi Nari Nam and her family are very religious, I believe (Christians).

    Also Ryan Jahnke. He and his wife teach Sunday school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grgranny
    I am thinking Michelle is some kind of Buddhist or something like that. I know she usually wears a pendant from her grandmother that is some kind of oriental religion. I could be wrong but I'm fairly certain. You really don't hear much about their religion. Which is understandable since they are judged so much on whatever they do.
    The pendant is from her grandmother who, I believe, still resides in China. Entirely speculative, but sometimes immigrants don't keep the native religion through the second generation (as Michelle is).

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    Quote Originally Posted by attyfan
    Depends on how you define "Christian". Michelle Kwan is extremely quiet; based on some quotes regarding her family's Christmas celebrations, I assume that she is a Christian of some type. Paul Wylie is what is usually termed an "evangelical" or "born again" Christian. Tim Goebel is Catholic; he prays before each skate. Tara is also Catholic. Don't know about any others.
    Although it doesn't really prove anything, but in the latest InStyle Magazine, Kwan talks about decorating her house and the article mentions a bronzed big-bellied Buddha statue, which Kwan calls her "lucky Buddha" and there is a tall carving of Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion. Kwan said the people who lived in the house before her owned the Kuan Yin carving, so Kwan feels like the carving is the mascot of the house and said that the statue protects her.

    Kwan has also said in the past that she looks up to the Dalai Lama the most out of anyone in the world.

    But again, that doesn't really mean anything. You can believe in aspects or ideaology of a certain religion but don't have to actually be a member of it. For many people, spirituality doesn't always mean belonging to a specific religion.

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    I feel uncomfortable about this topic. Majority of people in this country were brought up as Christians (other religions are in the minority), so it is not unusual to see many US skaters with Christian beliefs. With the number of immigrants increasing you see some other religions in the country. Why should that be a factor for a skater? I see religious practice as something personal/private and I don't feel comfortable discussing those practices for skaters. Some eastern religions are very tolerant of other religions, and some practices are even inclusive/universal, so it does not really matter what label one chooses (or no label). Many non-Christians celebrate Christmas, and have a Christmas tree, so that alone would not be a criterion to determine one's religion (I only mentioned this because it was mentioned by someone).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    I feel uncomfortable about this topic. Majority of people in this country were brought up as Christians (other religions are in the minority), so it is not unusual to see many US skaters with Christian beliefs. With the number of immigrants increasing you see some other religions in the country. Why should that be a factor for a skater? I see religious practice as something personal/private and I don't feel comfortable discussing those practices for skaters. Some eastern religions are very tolerant of other religions, and some practices are even inclusive/universal, so it does not really matter what label one chooses (or no label). Many non-Christians celebrate Christmas, and have a Christmas tree, so that alone would not be a criterion to determine one's religion (I only mentioned this because it was mentioned by someone).

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    I agree. I only replied about Kwan because she seemed pretty open about sharing those religious items in the magazine letting one sort of guess what kind of beliefs Kwan has. Again, I'm not saying she's anything specific, just that she had those things in her house.

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    what's the difference between this thread and "is Sasha a Kabaalist(sp)" thread?

    to answer this question... the question is do you want your typical run of the mill American Christian answer (meaning just about anyone who isn't following some sort of other religion not based on Christianity) or do you want the "born-again and proud" only skaters?

    AFAIK the ones that have come out and spoken out about their faith (and are known for it by others):
    Paul Wylie (both Katia and Scott write about his faith in their books, he's also on many Christian radio programs throughout the year... I was the one who bugged a Christian sports program for weeks and they finally got him on the program after I chewed them out for being biased against skating lol I was 15 so sue me )
    Janet Lynn (she speaks at churches once in a while IIRC as well)
    Ryan Jahnke (works with the youth of his church, my dad is all for him lol)
    JoJo Starbuck is as well...

    then, depending on what you believe/have been taught, there are many catholics in skating as well (I put them under the Christian label, but I know there are some that don't consider them under that heading)
    Timothy Goebel
    Tara Lipinski was but I'm not sure if she still follows, I want to say I read an interview where she was looking at another more eastern religion... I could be completely dreaming though lol
    Katia Gordeeva talked about being baptized in a Russian church but I got the impression she didn't really follow religion... it could change...


    not sure what some of the others are... I know that Scott Hamilton's wife was a longstanding member of her church and so I don't know if Scott has changed his religious views or whatever... *shrugs*

    I think the only ones we can really be sure of are the ones who talk about it... and there aren't that many that do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    I feel uncomfortable about this topic. Majority of people in this country were brought up as Christians (other religions are in the minority), so it is not unusual to see many US skaters with Christian beliefs. With the number of immigrants increasing you see some other religions in the country. Why should that be a factor for a skater? I see religious practice as something personal/private and I don't feel comfortable discussing those practices for skaters. Some eastern religions are very tolerant of other religions, and some practices are even inclusive/universal, so it does not really matter what label one chooses (or no label). Many non-Christians celebrate Christmas, and have a Christmas tree, so that alone would not be a criterion to determine one's religion (I only mentioned this because it was mentioned by someone).

    Vash
    Vash, you expressed my view perfectly. It was late last night and I couldn't come up with proper words to describe my point of view. Thank you!

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    Wouldn't all this be better served in Le Cafe and not The Edge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swizzletwizzle
    As a Christian, I like to write famous Christians and encourage them. Which figure skaters are known to be Christians?
    I would rather encourage a skater because of his/her skating/personality, but not because of his/her religion.

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    Rosalyn Sumners, is, I think a Christian. Also, I recall back 5 or 6 years ago, Someone posted they had heard Michelle was baptized. Don't know is it's true or not. I believe Frank Carroll is a Christian, so he may have had some influence. She would have been fairly young if true.

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