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最近实在没空，只能灌水啦。在看《直奔金牌》，感动得要死。每次看到Eric Liddell的故事都有想哭的感觉。他真是活出了基督的样式。最近在教Olympic Games单元，跟学生介绍了他，学生都很佩服。把维基百科的介绍改编了一下。作为他们的课外阅读材料。说实在，我对奥运不是很有感觉，之前一直发愁，不过后来想到这个故事，还有乔治奥维尔的那篇“体育精神”，就来劲了，决定拿这两篇在课上说事。
删改以后的：Eric Henry Liddell (January 16, 1902 – February 21, 1945) was a Scottish athlete and Rugby Union international and also the winner of the Men's 400 metres at the Olympic Games of 1924 held in Paris. He then served as a Protestant Christian missionary to China. He was portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire. Eric Liddell ,often called the "Flying Scotsman", was born in Tianjin (formerly transliterated as Tientsin) (Chinese 天津) in North China. His parents were Scottish missionaries with the London Missionary Society. At the age of six, he and his brother Rob, eight years old, were enrolled in Eltham College, Mottingham, a boarding school for the sons of missionaries. At Eltham, Liddell was an outstanding sportsman, being awarded the Blackheath Cup as the best athlete of his year, playing for the First XI and the First XV by the age of 15, later becoming captain of both the cricket and rugby union teams. His headmaster described him as being 'entirely without vanity'.Eric Liddell became well-known for being the fastest runner in Scotland. During the summer of 1924, the Olympics were hosted by the city of Paris. Liddell was a committed Christian and refused to run on Sunday, so he had to withdraw from the 100 metres race, his best event. The schedule had been published several months earlier, and his decision was made well before the Games began. Liddell spent only a few months training for the 400 metres, an event in which he had previously excelled. Even so, his success in the 400m was largely unexpected. The day of 400 metres race came, and as Liddell went to the starting blocks, an American masseur slipped a piece of paper into Liddell's hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30, "Those who honour me I will honour." Liddell ran with that piece of paper in his hand. He not only won the race, but broke the existing world record with a time of 47.6 seconds. A few days earlier Liddell had competed in the 200 metre finals, for which he received the bronze medal following two American athletes, who were considered to be the best at that time. Because of his birth and death in the country some of China's Olympic literature lists the Scotsman as China's first Olympic champion.After the Olympics and his graduation, Liddell continued to compete, winning many competitions.Liddell returned to Northern China where he served as a missionary, like his parents, from 1925 to 1943 - first in Tianjin and later in the town of Xiaozhang (Simplified Chinese 肖张镇)], Zaoqiang County, Hengshui, Hebei province. In 1941 life in China was becoming so dangerous that the British Government advised British nationals to leave. But he remained to help after sending his wife and children to Canada.In 1943, he was interned at the Weihsien (now known as Weifang) Internment Camp with the members of the China Inland Mission Chefoo (now known as Yantai) School. Liddell became a leader at the camp and helped get it organized. Food, medicines, and other supplies ran short at the camp. Eric kept himself busy by helping the elderly, teaching at the camp school Bible classes, arranging games and also by teaching the children science. He was known to the children as Uncle Eric.He died on February 21, 1945, five months before liberation as a result of a brain tumor. His death might be hastened by overwork and mal-nutrition. He was greatly mourned not only at the Weihsien internment Camp but also in Scotland as well. A fellow internee, Langdon Gilkey, was later to write, "The entire camp, especially its youth, was stunned for days, so great was the vacuum that Eric's death had left." Liddell's last words were allegedly "It's complete surrender."
Eric Liddell was voted in The Scotsman newspaper in an August 8, 2008 poll as the most popular athlete Scotland has ever produced.