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 >>
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 >>
You'd think things would have gone swimmingly for the all-time Olympic gold medal holder, Michael Phelps. But they didn't: until he found his purpose.
In the months and even years leading up to this year's Rio Olympics, much of the news about Michael Phelps was bad. In September of 2014, he was arrested for driving while under the influence in his hometown of Baltimore.
It seemed that Phelps' best days, both in and out of the pool, were behind him. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham congratulated American underdog Maya DiRado, who won a gold medal for the 200 backstroke in Rio Olympics and is a Christian, saying her "winning attitude goes far beyond swimming."
"This young woman's winning attitude goes far beyond swimming. She recently told reporters, 'I don't think God really cares about my swimming very much. This is not my end purpose, to make the Olympic team. I think God cares about my soul and whether I'm bringing his love and mercy into the world,'" Graham wrote in a Facebook post Saturday.
DiRado is retiring after the Olympics. She finished the 200 backstroke in 2:05:99 and now has two golds, a silver and a bronze medal, making her one of the breakout stars of the meet for the American team, according to USA Today. 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 >>