Seventeen-year-old U.S. Olympic team boxer Claressa Shields prays in her corner of the ring before every fight.
Dubbed by boxing experts as a superstar in the making, Shields was 26-0 before suffering her first loss on her way to qualifying for the Olympics in London.
"When she lost for the first time in her life she prayed very hard," says photographer Sue Jaye Johnson, who is on a film production team along with two others documenting her journey to and at the Olympics. more >>
Olympic gold-medal gymnast and "Dancing With the Stars" champion Shawn Johnson talks about growing in her Christian faith and learning to trust in God in her memoir, Winning Balance: What I've Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams.more >>
Olympic runner Ryan Hall holds the record for the fastest half-marathon and the fastest marathon ever recorded by an American, and now his only running coach is God.
After finishing as the runner-up at the 2011 United States half-marathon championships, Hall declared "God" to be his coach when filling out a standard drug testing form, The New York Times reported in a lengthy piece about Hall on Saturday.
After reading what he had written, a doping official told him he had to list a real person. Hall told the official, "He is a real person." more >>
A kidnapper in Egypt has released two Americans hostages and their Egyptian tour guide. They were in good condition. Among them was a 61 year old Boston Pentecostal Pastor-- Michel Louis. He was on a church trip when he was abducted in broad daylight—along with the others by an Egyptian Bedouin who stopped a bus, ordered the three to get off, and then took them captive. He said he'll only release them if police released his uncle from jail; who was incarcerated on suspicion of drug possession. He also vowed to take more foreign hostages if his demands were not met. Despite the stress Pastor Louis' family talked about their faith during the trying wait…
As the attacks on Nigeria's Christians continued in full force this past week, over 100 people were killed by armed members of the terrorist group, Boko Harem. They went on a 12 village killing spree and in one cruel attack saw fifty believers were burned to death at their pastor's home, where they had fled for refuge from a terrorist attack. Pastor Ayo Orit-sejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to declare Boko Haram a terrorist organization that the international community needs to battle against.
While the Global economy continues to weaken, the International Monetary fund forecasts that growth will continue for Canada, even though slow. The IMF called on many global economies to step up their policy responses. For example it called on Europe to implement the bank bailout measures it introduced and to take steps toward further banking and fiscal union. The United States, it says, must avoid a "fiscal cliff" at all costs , and promptly raise the debt ceiling to avoid of a repeat of last August's manufactured crisis. As for Canada, the IMF sees the Canada's economy doing surprisingly well, and better than many other industrialized countries. The IMF forecasts that the Canadian economy will grow by 2.1 per cent this year and 2.2 per cent the following year. more >>
Chinese media has responded to the controversy surrounding the U.S Olympic uniforms being made in China by accusing U.S. lawmakers complaining about the decision of being "hypocritical" and "irresponsible."
"The Olympics spirit is all about separating sports from politics, but these U.S. politicians are going too far and trying to force a political tag onto the uniforms," expressed Xinhua News Agency.
The Chinese media suggested that there is no particular importance in the fact the American uniforms are being manufactured in China rather than the U.S., and even said U.S. politicians complaining over the decision should be banned from 'wearing anything or using any product' that was made abroad," Reuters reported. more >>
Two decorated Olympians will be honored with the prestigious Eric Liddell Award – named after the gold medalist Olympian who afterwards became a missionary to China – for outstanding character on and off the field.
Bryan Clay of the United States, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in the decathlon and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics for the same event, will be honored at the More Than Gold Legacy Breakfast in London on Aug. 10, along with Debbie Flood of Great Britain, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in quadruple sculls and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics for the same event.
Both Clay and Flood are devout Christians. Clay founded the Bryan Clay Foundation that mentors youth to develop good character and maximize their potential through programs that pursue physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Flood is co-founder of Creativity in Sport, an organization that offers at-risk youth the opportunity to study positive life skills curriculum and work toward fitness teaching qualification. more >>