Christian skier Matthias Mayer wins gold and bronze at Beijing Olympics

Austrian skier Matthias Mayer won two medals at the Winter Olympics currently taking place in Beijing. The athlete is a committed Christian who helps refugee families in his country. 

Austrian Matthias Mayer won two medals at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. First a bronze medal on February 7 in downhill, then a gold medal the next day in super-G.

This is for the skier his second consecutive super-G gold medal, after his title in PyeongChang in 2018, and his third gold medal in total, since he won gold in the downhill at the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.


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The athlete, who has experienced difficult times, particularly with regard to his health, claims to find his strength in his faith in God.

He is silent expressed on this subject in 2017, stating that for him, "achievements and sporting successes are not only brought by physical and mental training, but also a lot by my faith and the very particular strength that it brings to me".

He added that his relationship with God gives him “security”, because he knows that whatever happens the Lord accompanies him every day of his life.

“It [his faith] gives me security, I know that whatever happens, I can start the day relaxed, because he accompanies me on my journey. And I am infinitely grateful to him. »

according to Evangelical Focus, Matthias Mayer's faith is also expressed in his commitment to others. The media reveals that the skier supported two refugee families from Iraq a few years ago, one of whom now lives independently in Austria and the other has returned to his country of origin.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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