You might have heard a reference to Narnia Elementary School in the news lately and you didn’t even know it. Anastasia Kuzminová won her second Olympic gold for Slovakia this week. Anastasia currently lives in Banská Bystrica and her son, Jelisej, attends Narnia Elementary School.
Up until the last winter Olympics in Vancouver, Slovakia had never won an Olympic gold as an independent country (starting in 1992). Thanks to Anastasia Kuzminová, Slovakia now has two. She won Slovakia’s first ever gold in the biathlon sprint in Vancouver in 2010 and now she has just defended that gold at the Olympics in Sochi.
If you happened to be watching the Olympics to see her interview after the event you might have heard her say that she received lots of encouragement from children. That would be the children of Narnia Elementary School.
Anastasia and her family live right here in Banská Bystrica and her son, Jelisej, is a first grader at Narnia Elementary School. So when Anastasia mentioned the encouragement she received from children, she was speaking of Jelisej’s classmates at Narnia.
So there you go, you might have heard mention of Narnia Elementary School this past week and you didn’t even know it. Maybe it’s a bit of a reminder that Narnia is touching the lives of children and their families. Some of them are Olympians and some of them are doctors, and some of them are construction workers, but their lives are being touched by the gospel.
Just one more interesting fact. You may know that Anastasia is actually Russian. Unfortunately, when her son was born, the Russian team would not allow her son to be with her during training. And so that’s how Anastasia and her family have come to live in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. And now Jana teaches her son English and Music.