In a candid "I Am Second" video, Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist, pours her heart out, sharing her fear of failure and disappointment with success and how those experiences led her to Jesus, who gave her freedom.
"I remember being given the silver medal on the podium, the person who did it gave me a hug and told me, 'I'm sorry,'" Johnson says in the video, recalling the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. "I was being given a silver medal at the Olympic games and being told I'm sorry was kind of like a validation in my heart that I had failed."
She continues, "If I failed at being a gymnast then I failed at being a human being." more >>
As of press time, only 18 days are left for the much-awaited sporting event of the year: the Rio Olympics. This is the 31st Summer Olympiad featuring 306 events in 28 different sports. Host city Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil, is busy preparing for the different sporting events as well as the grand opening ceremony, which will be held at the Maracanã Stadium in the heart of the city.
Opening Ceremony Date and Time
The opening ceremony of the Olympics is very much anticipated and will be held in Rio on Saturday, Aug. 5, at exactly 20:00 BRT (23:00 UTC) at the Maracanã Stadium. The opening ceremony will include the usual formal ceremonial opening such as welcoming messages, hoisting of the Olympic flag and the flag of the host city and the parade of athletes from different nations. Spectators will also be entertained with a string of musical and dance performances showcasing the culture of the host nation. more >>
Even though Sanya Richards-Ross failed to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team during track and field trials earlier this week, she still glorified God for the opportunity.
On Sunday, Richards-Ross ran her final race in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics track and field team at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Although a hamstring injury caused her to walk at the end of the race, resulting in her not making the team, she remained positive.
"When I envisioned my final season, I saw the flag draped over my shoulders one last time. It was the fairytale ending I had hoped for. As I hung my head in disappointment after not completing my final 400, a fan yelled out, 'We love you SRR' it brought me back to the moment," she wrote on Instagram. "It made me acutely aware that my fairytale ending was happening, it was happening right in front of me!!! As I jogged down the homestretch at my favorite track, all the fans stood to their feet and applauded me." more >>
The US track and field Olympic trials at Eugene, Oregon, will continue on Friday with selected events to be televised by NBC.
Broadcast for NBCSN will begin at 6pm, while that for NBC will be at 8pm. All times Eastern.
The men's 1500m semi-finals and both men's and women's 400m hurdles semi-finals will be shown by NBCSN. The men's discus and steeplechase finals will be shown by NBC. more >>
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 >>