Madeline Manning Mims has a message for the athletes at the London Olympics.

“They are loved. They are a part of humanity in a very special way and what they do matters,” Mims said.

She’s not talking about being loved by the fans – she’s talking about being loved by God.

Mims is a gospel singer and a sports chaplain, and she’s no stranger to the Olympics.

She used to be a track and field star herself, and made history at the 1968 Olympic Games, when she shattered the myth that black women were no good at the 800 meters.

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