Many institutions recognize that they need to provide for their members’ spiritual needs. People in hospitals and prisons or on military bases and ships cannot get to a normal church congregation. Students at schools and universities face common challenges in growing up and have many questions about religious faith. Consequently, all these different kinds of institutions often set aside a place of worship for their members and appoint people to provide pastoral support for them. Typically, this place of worship is called a chapel, and the person who is in charge of the chapel is the chaplain. Chaplains usually lead services, offer religious instruction and give spiritual guidance.
In two Olympic games, I felt alone. My familiar support environment was not there. In this emotionally charged situation, trusted mentors (chaplains) helped me to perform to the best of my ability, in spite of the tension and the pressure that weighed on me. The balance between the strain, which is an integral part of the competition and the support of the chaplains, who were on the spot and shared the experience with me, did me good and helped me to keep my goals in focus
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