Eric Liddell -- Liddell was the winner of the men's 400 meters at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Liddell's Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire, in which he is portrayed by fellow Scot Ian Charleson.
Eric Liddell Quote: “Purity does not mean crushing the instincts but having the instincts as servants and not the master of the spirit.”
Eric Liddell Quote: “If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by something or someone else.”
50 stunning Olympic moments: No8 Eric Liddell's 400 metres win, 1924 | Eric Liddell is carried round the streets after his Olympic victory in the 400m in 1924. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
Feb. 22 Eric Liddell, Missionary to China God whose strength bears us up as on mighty wings: We rejoice in remembering your athlete and missionary, Eric Liddell, to whom you gave courage and resolution in contest and in captivity; and we pray that we also may run with endurance the race set before us and persevere in patient witness, until we wear that crown of victory won for us by Jesus our Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Eric Liddell is perhaps most famous as the protagonist of the classic movie "Chariots of Fire," which depicts his amazing journey to Olympic gold in the 400m track race in 1924. Lesser known is the fact that after Liddell competed, he became a Christian missionary to China and died in 1945 after being tortured in an internment camp set up by the Japanese after they invaded China in 1937.