RIO OLYMPICS 2016
Allyson Felix, Sprinter
"For me, faith is the reason I run. I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it's all about using it to the best of my ability."
"I try not to focus on the pressure surrounding me. I love Philippians chapter 4 verses 6 and 7 that says, 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.' That verse always encourages my heart when I am dealing with any kind of pressure, and throughout the struggles of life my faith calms my heart."
Lolo Jones, Track & Field, Bobsled"Last year was my worst year professionally. I had two surgeries within the track season. Multiple hamstring tears. Missed two months of races due to injuries."
"Reporters called for my retirement. Internet trolls mocked me. As a Christian my strength doesn't come from someone believing in me, and my character is not defined by how someone else perceives me. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord (Jeremiah Chapter 31 verse 17). I have hope and a new start. That hope gives me strength."
"I have to constantly remind myself, 'When I am weak, He is strong'. I'm really telling myself, 'I can't do this in my own strength'. Even the Word says it's not by your strength, it's by God's."
"Even if I never win an Olympics, Jesus You are my victory. Jesus You are enough."
Tervel Dlagnev, Wrestler"The realization I wouldn't be able to do any of this without God has been freeing. I don't have anything to live up to. This is something He's given me to enjoy and experience, and I want to honor Him through it. He's given me a passion for this sport and to improve and learn."
"There's no way I wouldn't have turned wrestling into an idol if it weren't for God. He's kept me grounded. If I remove Him from the highest place in my life, everything else will suffer. Jesus is my life, and it's been cool to experience Him through this sport I have a passion for."
"I'm excited to see where God is going to lead me. I've felt His presence through all of this, and I've asked Him to reveal Himself to me; and He has. He's had His hand in this whole process. I want to give Him all the glory."
Gabby Douglas, Gymnast
"I love sharing about my faith. God has given me this amazing God-given talent, so I'm going to go out andglorify His name."
"Faith plays a very big role in my life. I don't know where I would be without it today. I've always been praying for everything. I was watching back and looking at the Olympics and my mouth is moving — that's me praying."
"I give all the glory to God. It's kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me." — after winning the Olympic gold medal in 2012.
"God gave me this amazing talent, and of course I want to represent Him."