As the 2016 Summer Olympics come to a close this weekend, viewers will have a few more opportunities to see aerial images of the massive representation of Jesus Christ that overlooks Rio de Janeiro. But how did the 98 feet tall, 635 metric ton Christ the Redeemer statue come about?
Here are five fascinating facts you should know about Brazil's Cristo Redentor statue.
1. It's listed as one of the "new seven wonders of the world," and its roots trace back to the 1850s. more >>
As a communications strategist with experience in crisis communications, I'm used to getting unexpected calls from public figures who find themselves under harsh public scrutiny. Even so, I was a little surprised Thursday to receive a call from an unfamiliar Florida phone number.
It was a representative for Ryan Lochte, the American Olympic swimmer caught up in the midst of a crisis of his own making.
For those who've been living under a rock for the past week, Lochte and three of his fellow swimmers made waves when they reported having been robbed at gunpoint on the streets of Rio de Janeiro by men posing as Brazilian police officers. more >>
Simone Biles' spotlight appears to be getting even brighter with a range of political figures and entertainers proclaiming how much of an inspiration she as the first American gymnast to receive four gold medals.
After the 19-year-old Team USA gymnast racked up four gold medals and a bronze at the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, people like Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to social media to honor her.
Evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Olympian Allyson Felix who became the all-time most decorated U.S. woman in Olympic track and field history during the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, after she won her seventh Olympic medal in the women's 400-meter final.
"Taking a silver in the 400 meter, Allyson Felix has just become the most decorated U.S. women's track and field athlete in history!" Graham wrote on Facebook. "She makes no secret of her Christian faith on social media. Before yesterday's big event, Allyson posted, 'I praise God for it all.' She has also said, 'I came to know Jesus Christ at a very young age. … Faith leads my life. That's definitely the reason that I run.'"
In a photo finish of the 400-m race Monday night, fellow Olympian Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dove across the line, edging Felix for the gold by .07 seconds. more >>
When the world laughed at her and accused her of being unpatriotic, Gabrielle Douglas responded with love.
Along with a gold medal for the women's team all around competition, the 20-year-old gymnast has received a great deal of criticism on social media. From her appearance to her not standing up to cheer for her teammates' individual events, Douglas has endured some harsh words from spectators watching the Olympic games.
While the overwhelming amount of negativity has left Douglas feeling emotional, the Christian athlete chose to respond with love. more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has congratulated American swimmer Michael Phelps for his record 23rd gold medal at the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, and said that God has a great future planned for the swimmer, who once contemplated suicide.
"Saw Michael Phelps, #PurposeDrivenSwimmer, win his 23rd gold! I've prayed for you each day in Rio. God has a great future for you," Warren wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.
The 31-year-old athlete won his fifth gold at the Rio games along with teammates Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian in the men's 4x100 medley relay, beating out Britain and Australia, who came in second and third respectively. more >>