Heaven's dream team

"Heaven's dream team" Continued...

Issue: "Brownback's Senate fight," July 20, 1996

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is to female track-and-field what Carl Lewis is to the male ranks. She is a three-time Olympian in the long jump and the heptathlon, and has a 1984 silver medal along with 1988 and 1992 golds to show for it. She and her coach, husband Bob Kersee (also a trainer for the St. Louis Blues NHL hockey team), are known as committed believers.

Becky Dyroen-Lancer, 25, is the best at what she does, though few people might appreciate it. Mrs. Dyroen-Lancer, a four-time world champion, has been called by Swimming World magazine "clearly the best synchronized swimmer on the planet." Raised in a Christian home, she made a profession of faith when she was about seven.

Leah O'Brien-a two-time All American at the University of Arizona-hit .513 for the U.S. 1994 Pan Am Olympic softball team. She drifted from the church in earlier years but has now committed her life to following Christ.

When Edrick Floreal suffered a stress fracture in his heel in 1988 and a herniated disc in 1992, doctors said it was time to retire. But Mr. Floreal is back this year on the Canadian team. He also coaches his wife, LaVonna Martin-Floreal; Mr. Floreal is assistant coach of the Georgia Tech track team.

Three magazines-Sports Spectrum, New Man, and Charisma-contributed information for this report.


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