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Reporters: Donít crush Olympian Gabby Douglasí interesting story

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 2 2015 10:44 p.m. MDT

Gabby Douglas competes in floor exercise during the women's senior division at the U.S. gymnastics championships Sunday, June 10, 2012, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson, Associated Press) Gabby Douglas competes in floor exercise during the women's senior division at the U.S. gymnastics championships Sunday, June 10, 2012, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson, Associated Press)

Our take: Many athletes, like Tim Tebow, are religious and donít hide it. So, is there a faith angle to the Gabby Douglas story? Sarah Pulliam Bailey, writing for GetReligion.org, thinks there is, and she hopes the news media doesnít ignore it.

As Anthea Butler points out, it canít be too shocking that Douglas would attribute her win to God. Really, it isnít. Many, many excellent athletes are also religious. So what do we do with the faith angle, if many athletes are religious and give thanks to a higher power for accomplishments? Sports journalists hear and see this all the time, and then they watch many of the same athletes crash and burn and theyíre not sure what to believe anymore.

Her race is certainly a big part of the story, no doubt about it. But it seems, from the words that she said and the tweets that she tweeted, that faith is core to her identity. She said, ďI just give all the glory to God. Itís kind of a win-win situation: the glory goes up to Him and the blessings come down to me,Ē not something about her race.

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