“A US seminarian has praised an Olympic figure skater as a role model for Catholics.
Evan Pham, who writes the Holy Smack blog and is a seminarian in Detroit, said the South Korean skating star Kim Yuna inspired him to witness to his faith more publicly.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics Mr Pham noticed that Kim Yuna, known as “Queen Yuna” to her fans, did the Sign of the Cross and bowed her head to pray on the ice during the ladies’ final, for which she won gold.
Mr Pham said: ‘There was this young woman out there on the Olympic ice and all these cameras are constantly on her. She was not scared. She just wanted to pray: she didn’t care who was watching.’ Miss Yuna converted to Catholicism in 2008.”
– This article by Caroline Zaborek was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue February 21 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).