Freestyle football great makes history with ninth world title
Toughs and tackles and no-look passes.
The American freethought athlete who has broken barriers of success
by DAN MORAVick
The American freethought athlete and author Dan Moravik has seen it all. Not least, the two World Cup titles he holds.
Now, the 47-year-old Canadian is at the top of his game.
And, with his ninth World Cup title last weekend in Tromso in Northern Sweden, he’s had his last one. Or should we say his last two.
“The only thing you can do is keep doing it,” he said.
“It’s pretty amazing to think that I’ve won a tournament more times than I can count and that I’m still standing at the top of it.”
He’s still standing. He’s standing tall amid three-time winners of more medals, six of the first seven in the tournament, and seven of the first eight in the World Cup of 2014.
And all on the backs of four different medals.
That’s because Moravik has broken through barriers and made history. A world champion who is an atheist. A former freethought athlete who was bullied as a child and didn’t know what to do about it until he discovered atheism. A former Olympic ice skater who used freestyle skiing as an outlet to get his life back on track.
He’s been called “the most courageous athlete I’ve ever met” but he doesn’t see it that way.
“I’m definitely most courageous when I’m working toward my goals and achieving them,” his world title celebration video says.
“When I’m fighting against something, it’s more noble than anything else.”
It was his Christian faith that