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 >>
Countless people are calling for the firing of NBC gymnastics announcer Al Trautwig who refused to call Simone Biles' mother and father her parents due to her adoption.
Simone's longtime Coach Aimee Boorman took to Twitter to reveal the gymnast's reaction.
American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, revealed that he suffered a crisis of identity two years ago, which led him to consider ending his life, but it was Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren's book The Purpose Driven Life that gave him hope.
ESPN reported that Phelps was "struggling to figure out who he was outside the pool" in 2014, which led him to heavy drinking and wondering whether his life was worth living.
"I thought the world would just be better off without me," Phelps admitted. "I figured that was the best thing to do — just end my life." more >>
Team USA athletes have fans rooting for them an ocean away while they participate in the Olympic games taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
A number of those athletes are making sure to stay rooted in God. The Christian Post has rounded up 10 Olympic athletes who are placing more importance on their relationship with God than the coveted Olympic medals they are seeking.
The Olympic torch reached Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium for the grand opening ceremony of the 2016 games after being blessed by Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta at the city's landmark and heavily guarded Christ the Redeemer statue after the city's mayor personally requested for it.
"This is the moment for us to surpass our difficulties and work together as a team, making our country and our world safer, less unequal, and putting love in the hearts of all," the cardinal said after he blessed the Olympic flame held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado, Friday, according to Catholic News Agency.
Although being held in the predominantly Catholic country, taking the torch to the statue had not been scheduled by the Games' organizers. It was done as requested by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, who is a Catholic, Father Omar Raposo, rector at the Christ the Redeemer Sanctuary at the base of the statue, was quoted as saying. more >>
Promises were made in order to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio. And promises were broken. But no one envisioned this much danger in the water.
Some 1,400 athletes will be competing in water containing raw human sewage. We are talking about water with virus levels that measure 1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous on American beaches.
No wonder athletes began getting sick after they started training in this contaminated water. Athletes have been told not to put their head under water. In fact, swimmers who ingest only three teaspoons of this water will be almost certain of contracting a virus. more >>