Athletes from across the globe have gathered in search of gold at the 2016 Olympic Games, and five Christian sportspeople have managed to overcome obstacles to earn the top honor.
The Christian Post has rounded up a list of five Olympians whose Christian faith has helped them prevail when stumbling blocks could have prevented them from winning gold medals in Rio De Janeiro.
1. Simone Manuel, 20, Team USA Swimming more >>
U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were pulled over and robbed by gunmen in Rio de Janeiro pretending to be policemen.
"We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over," Lochte, who won the gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the Olympic games, told NBC News on Sunday.
"They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground," he added. more >>
Rio de Janeiro – Olympic organizers revealed on Saturday that the change in color of the Olympic pools is caused by the dumping of hydrogen peroxide into the water. The Olympic organizers had replaced the waters of the green pools on Saturday through Sunday amid concerns over the athletes' health and the disturbance the murky waters pose to the water competitions.
The pools in Mari Lenk Aquatics Centre was reported to have turned green on Tuesday and yet organizers confirmed the pool to be safe to enter. Following a water-polo competition, athletes reported to be suffering from itchy eyes and feeling unwell.
Hydrogen peroxide added with chlorine more >>
Even though American football isn't an Olympic sport, two well-known NFL players who are fans of the international games say they've been inspired by members of the U.S. Olympic team who are using the platform to speak about their Christian faith.
Prince Amukamara, the 27-year-old cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, took to Twitter to share his admiration for Olympic divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson after watching a televised interview of the athletes in Rio.
"Loved USA Olympic [divers] interview," the cornerback wrote. "'Identity not in [diving] but in Christ!'" more >>
As United States Olympian Katie Ledecky continues to set world records and etch her name in the swimming history books, she doesn't forget to say a prayer before every race.
After Ledecky broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle on Saturday, she claimed another victory in the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night, setting her up for the chance to become the first woman since 1968 to win the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyle events in the same Olympics.
Having won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the London games in 2012 as a 15 year old, Ledecky is the favorite to again take home the gold in the event this Friday. more >>
Steele Johnson says he knows God ordained his journey to the Olympics after he almost died trying to perfect his dives.
The 20-year-old won a silver medal alongside fellow Christian diver David Boudia in the men's synchronized diving 10m platform competition on Monday. Johnson took to Instagram to reveal that his first medal was a hard fought one, but glorified God for the process with Boudia.
"I have had an incredibly long and tough journey to get to this moment, but it was all worth it. God has ordained this unique relationship between David and I and the amount of wisdom David has shared with me is incredible," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "David has been the best mentor I could ever ask for, and I wouldn't want to share my first Olympic medal with anyone else. Thank you all for the love and support and GO USA!" more >>