Eric Liddell was born on January 16, 1902 and he was born in Tientsin, North Carolina.
Eric had two siblings Rob and Jenny and his father was James Dunlop Liddell.
Eric's parents were Scottish missionaries with the London Missionary Society. He was a brilliant sportsman at school and was named the best athlete of the year. Stories of him being the fastest runner in Scotland.
Eric Liddell went to Chinese schools until the age of 5. He was later sent to Ethlam College, Montingham- boarding school in England for the sons of missionaries. He studied at Oxford College.
Eric's partner/spouse was Florence Mackenzie. His children were Heather, Maureen, and Patricia. He was apart of the British Olympic Squad and was destined for the Olympics in Paris in 1924.
Eric's parents were missionaries so he became one when he heard then share and impact other people's lives.
Eric Liddell started his missionary work in China from 1925-1943. When he first reached China as a missionary, he taught at an Anglo-Chinese College, to wealthy Chinese in the hope that they will grow up and use their resources to spread the word of God. IN 1934 he was ordained a minister of religion.
The legacy left behind him was the Chinese students focused more on God.
Eric's favorite bible verses were Psalm 83:18, John 17:3, and Revelations 21:34.
Eric Liddell's quotes are "In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best." , "God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." , and " We are all missionaries. Wherever we go we either bring people nearer to Christ or we repel them from Christ."
Eric is most famously known as the men's 400 meters at the 1924 summer Olympics. Also, during the Japanese attack on China, Liddell suffered from a mental breakdown due to an untreatable brain tumor and malnutrition. He died in 1945 in China.