While the Tokyo Olympics have seen their fair share of worldly controversy, some athletes are skipping the protests and have a laser focus on their sport—and their faith.
South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker, who has broken multiple records at the games this week, has worn a swim cap under her official team cap that reads “Soli Deo Gloria”—all the glory to God.
Faithwire reported that Schoenmaker set a new record for the women’s 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday during the preliminary rounds of the event with a time of 2:19.16, then won gold and set a new record with a time of 2:18.95.
She also broke a record during the preliminary rounds for the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday.
South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker BREAKS the world record to win the gold in the women's 200m breaststroke and her reaction is priceless.@_king_lil and @lazorlaze win the silver and bronze for @TeamUSA. #TokyoOlympics
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 30, 2021
Ahead of the games, the Christian athlete posted a prayer to Twitter and Instagram praying for God’s will to be done and that, no matter what, His name would be glorified.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN 🙏🏻🇿🇦
Father God may your will be done, may your peace fill us up, may we praise you no matter what the outcome, may we be empowered by your strength to give it our all and may we forever be in the awe of your goodness! pic.twitter.com/FE21q66Bvs
— Tatjana Schoenmaker (@TRSchoenmaker) July 23, 2021
“Father God may your will be done, may your peace fill us up, may we praise you no matter what the outcome, may we be empowered by your strength to give it our all and may we forever be in the awe of your goodness!” she wrote.
She is certainly glorifying the Lord not only with her incredible athleticism and performance but her humble prayers and praise of His name.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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