OLYMPICS: Faith in Rio

by Staff, |

RIO DE JANEIRO (Christian Examiner) — For most Olympians, representing their country comes first, but for some — maybe even a few — the cross they wear around their neck, the words they share in praise, or the posturing they take part in on the field, means they have more than gold in mind when they compete.

The athletes highlighted below are representative of those who have in many aspects put Jesus Christ first in their lives, or at a minimum are learning to thank and praise Him for the gift of athleticism He has bestowed as his or her Creator. 

We celebrate the spirit of the Olympics and the Olympians who are unafraid to give praise and glory to Jesus Christ:

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Gold medalist Brianna Rollins: I want to be known as 'the athlete who glorified God'





David Boudia and Steele Johnson Boudia and Johnson proclaim Christ on national TV after winning Olympic silver

David Boudia (2012)  USA diver Boudia, unexpectedly wins gold medal, credits his faith

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Maya DiRado: Surprise gold medalist says God doesn't care about her swimming




Michael Phelps claims Warren's 'Purpose Driven Life' helped him avoid suicide 

Rick Warren to Olympic Star Michael Phelps: I Pray for You Daily; God Has a Great Future for You


Simone Manuel: 'All glory to God' after winning historic gold medal 

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'Shot Diva' Michelle Carter wins gold: 'Thank you Jesus!'



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Olympic runner Allyson Felix tells reporters, 'Faith leads my life' 



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Shawn Johnson (2008): Olympic gold medalist: Christ is 'my greatest reward




How to watch the 2016 Olympics 'to the glory of God' 

2016 Rio Olympics - Opening ceremony - Maracana - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 05/08/2016. The Refugee Olympic Athletes' team arrives for the opening ceremony. | REUTERS/Mike Blake