Decorated American golfers Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed have committed to represent the United States in the Rio 2016 Olympics next month. The decision of the Ryder Cup teammates came after U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson turned down his Olympic spot in the men's golf competition due to the Zika virus threat.
Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed Are Going to Rio 2016 Olympics
Fowler and Reed confirmed on social media that they will be joining Team USA in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The two professional golfers will be joining Bubba Watson who has already committed earlier to represent the country despite the Zika virus threat. more >>
Friday, July 8, 2016 – Simone Biles was the star of the evening as the 3-time World and 4-time U.S. all-around champion of Spring Texas lead the all-around standings with a total of 61.850, Laurie Hernandez following in second with 60.850, and Aly Raisman, 2012 Olympic gold-medalist with a score of 59.950.
Among the fourteen young women, only 5 will join the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team at the Olympics. The selected members will be named on Sunday, July 10 at the final competition following the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Here's a full look of Friday night's scores, results and standings.
Scores & Results for the Top 5 in the all-around rankings 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 >>
Professional basketball player Dwight Howard doled out advice to his fans earlier this week, urging them to reject the negative thoughts that can creep into their mind and lead to insecurity and a lack of confidence.
"One thing I will tell all you. Don't allow negativity to creep into your ear gates," Howard wrote on Instagram. "It did affect me with my confidence. So I'm telling you allow only positive thoughts and positive people in your circle." the 31-year-old new addition to his hometown Atlanta Hawks advised.
"They say you can't do this. You can't do that," he wrote. "I say. You can do all thing through Christ." more >>
Olympics 2016 qualifier Michael Phelps seems to be on cloud nine these days not only because he will represent the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympics for the fifth and last time, but also because he is having a great time being a new dad to his two-month-old son, Boomer Robert Phelps.
The legendary swimmer has been showing to the world that he is one proud dad by posting adorable photos of Baby Boomer on his Instagram account.
On Wednesday, Phelps shared a cute photo of him and baby Boomer hopping in the pool. "The little man loved the water today!" the Olympics 2016 qualifier captioned the adorable photo. more >>
Contenders prepare themselves for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women's Gymnastics.
The two-day trial will start on Friday and Sunday night (July 8 & 9) at the SAP Center in San Jose, California and will be consisting of all-around competitions — all four events in day one and all four events again in day two.
The Olympic team will be chosen by the Olympic Selection Committee headed by Martha Karolyi, U.S. women's gymnastics national team coordinator. Other members of the committee are Steve Rybacki, director of the Elite Athlete Program, and Terin Humphrey, athlete representative. more >>