by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Jesus Our Savior - Gospel of Luke
Stephen Whitney
Luke 1:30-33

At the 1994 Winter Olympics, held in Norway the name Dan took on a very special meaning. At his first Olympics in 1984, then 18 year old ice skater, Dan Jansen finished fourth in the 500 meters and sixth in the 1,000 meters.

At his second Olympics in Calgary in 1988, on the morning he was to skate the 500 meters, he received a phone call from home. His
27 year-old sister, Jane, had been fighting leukemia for over a year. She was dying and Dan spoke to her on the phone, but she was too
sick to say anything to him. Before Dan skated that afternoon, she died. When he took to the ice, perhaps he tried too hard for his sister. In the 500 meters, he slipped and fell in the first turn. He
had never fallen before in a race. Four days later in the 1,000,
he fell again, this time of all places, on the straightaway.

At his third Olympics in 1992, he was expected to win the 500 meters, where he had already set world records. For four years he had been regarded as the best sprinter in the world. But he had trouble in the final turn and he finished fourth again. In the 1,000 he tied for 26th.

At his fourth Olympics in 1994, he was again expected to win in the 500 meters, which was his specialty. Again tragedy struck.
He didn't fall, but in the beginning of the final turn for a moment he lost control of his left skate and put his hand down, slowing
him just enough to finish in 8th place.

He had one race left, the 1,000 meter. One more race and then he would retire. At the midway point of the race, the clock showed he was skating at a world-record pace and the crowd, including his wife and father, cheered. But with 200 meters to go, the hearts of all the fans skipped a beat. Dan slipped. He didn't fall, but he slipped and his hand touched the ice. He regained control and
kept skating. When he crossed the finish line, he looked at the ...

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