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 >>
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 >>
Nike has released a new video ad featuring the United States' first-ever openly transgender athlete to qualify to compete in the Olympics.
Chris Mosier, a biological female and founder of transathlete.com, qualified to compete for the U.S. men's national team in the long course duathlon earlier this year when he finished seventh in the men's 35-39 category of the sprint duathlon at the Duathalon National Championship.
As part of Nike's "Unlimited Courage" campaign, the athletic clothing company featured Mosier in one of its newest 40-second ads. more >>