The Power and The Glory: The Spirituality of Sport

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win the gold in the men's 200-meter final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

If you enjoy watching big sports events like the Olympic Games or the Super Bowl, you may have noticed that some athletes tend to look skyward before their event, or make the sign of the cross. Remember Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt kissing the crucifix before his race, and winning golds in 100 and 200 meters at the 2008 Games in Beijing. And you may recall the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010 -- during which players made the sign of the cross as they made substitutions, and before penalty kicks.

So what is the connection between sport and religion?

For the next two weeks on the program, we'll explore that issue, as we present an award-winning series from Tapestry entitled, "The Power and The Glory: The Spirituality of Sport."


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Listen to And The Winner Is...episode that aired on March 22, 2011

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Listen to And The Winner Is...episode that aired on March 29, 2011
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