English Gardner, a 24-year-old sprinter who was told she might not be able to run again after a devastating injury in 2008, is now a viral sensation after she launched into an impromptu praise break after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday.
According to CSN Philly, Gardner's winning time of 10.74s over the distance also made her the fourth-fastest American in history and the seventh-fastest sprinter in world history. Only one woman in U.S. Olympic Trials history — Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 — has run faster.
"Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus," Gardner declared as she slapped the track with her hand and broke down on her knees. more >>
After being carried off the track at her last meet, Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross is leaning on God to qualify for the final Olympic games of her career.
A hamstring injury at the American Track League meet in Atlanta earlier this month resulted in the previous 400 meter gold medalist missing out on the opportunity to become a part of the team that will compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The last opportunity for Richards-Ross to qualify for the games before her retirement comes on July 3.
"Sometimes you need to minister to yourself. ... Re-reading my own words, remembering that God's love has always been the greatest prize has reassured me of the strength I have on this journey. This is not where I expected to be going into my final season but it's exactly where God wants me to be, and for that I'm empowered and revitalized," she wrote on Instagram. "This weekend I'll be running purely on my faith. ... And let me tell you something, that's a wonderful place to be!!!!" more >>
Team USA Gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas is gearing up to compete in the Rio Olympics and before her departure she's sharing her faith with everyone in the world by releasing her Christian music workout playlist.
Douglas mentioned her fitness music playlist in the June issue of SELF magazine, and in respose she received a tweet of gratitude from Christian music group Veridia for including their name.
Japan is looking to go beyond having a massive pyrotechnic display to open up the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Thanks to a homegrown startup company, spectators from every corners of the world might finally see a man-made meteor shower falling in the heavens during that day.
The company responsible for honoring the event is the Japan-based tech firm Star-ALE which, in collaboration with partner corporations, universities, and research institutions, is hoping to develop "cutting-edge technologies" in "space-age entertainment," as stated in their official website.
The artificial meteor display is called the Sky Canvas light show and it involves launching microsatellites carrying about 500 to a thousand pieces of advanced objects called "source particles." When these particles are released and eventually re-enter the Earth's atmosphere during the occasion, they are expected to ignite and begin "plasma emission" to become a shooting star, Star ALE further explained the mechanism. more >>
Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne thanked God for helping him fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL before announcing his retirement from the game to return to the world of rugby.
"I am retiring from the NFL because the Fiji Rugby Sevens team reached out to me about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics, and I simply could not pass that chance up," the 28-year-old National Rugby League star said in in a statement, according to NFL.com. "The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL."
When the NFL posted a clip of Hayne's first game, the rugby player glorified God for the moment. more >>
Usain Bolt is counting his blessings as he prepares to defend his gold medals in the Rio De Janeiro Olympic games this summer.
"Blessed to finish my first race for the season with a W," the 29-year-old Jamaican sprinter known as the fastest man in the world tweeted to nearly 4 million fans on Saturday.
Bolt began his season with a win at Cayman Invitational last weekend where he finished the 100 meters race with a 10.05-second victory. The Christian athlete also thanked God for being able to walk out of the race without an injury. more >>