For world-renowned sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross, 2008 was a tumultuous year. Engaged and scheduled to compete in the Summer Olympics, Richards-Ross discovered that she was pregnant one month prior to her race. Wracked with fear and worry, the Christian athlete did the unthinkable—she had an abortion—and immediately regretted the decision.
Two men wearing white shirts with the word ‘Lochte’ crossed out on the front stormed the stage, and threw something at Lochte. The cameras did not catch the attack, focused at the time on Judge Ann Inaba. The host of the show, Tom Bergeron, can be heard on the video pleading for calm.
Claressa Shields made history in Rio as the first U.S. boxer to win back-to-back gold medals. But while the major media outlets praised her historic win, they forgot about her most important personal win.
Olympians aren’t just champions in their public lives: they’re winners in their personal lives too.
U.S. Olympian boxer Claressa Shields recently appeared on Good Morning America to discuss her historic gold medal win in Rio and reveal her inspiration: God.
No one doubts Ryan Lochte is a jerk. But last week, some liberals took it upon themselves to compare him to Donald Trump … because, of course, no one would ever associate Hillary Clinton with scandal.
In an article published by The Huffington Post, civil rights lawyer and former state senator Cynthia Dill wrote: “How much do you want to bet that Ryan Lochte is a Donald Trump supporter?” Comparing the two men’s hair, “bro-ness” and winning attitude, Dill went on to suggest that Lochte would be an excellent addition to the Trump campaign. “And is it me, or does shirtless Lochte in the pool resemble shirtless … Putin, Trump’s idol, on a horse?” she opined.
New York Times sports/TV columnist Richard Sandomir complained (with an awkward pun) Friday that NBC was tolling “their jingo bells” with excessively pro-American coverage of the Olympics in Rio: “NBC Coverage Doesn’t Stray From Home.” The online headline was harsher: “Little Is Medal-Worthy About NBC’s Coverage of Foreign Athletes.” Of course, the United States has earned a huge haul of medals, far more than any other nation. Social media commenters pointed out it was hardly unusual for a nation’s Olympics coverage to favor their national teams and wondered why Americans weren’t allowed the same privilege.
Has Brazil ever been considered a “safe” place to visit (at least in recent history)? According to ABC, Ryan Lochte’s exaggerated and possibly fabricated tale of robbery has been the sole incident that has ruined Brazil’s stellar reputation for safety. On Friday’s Good Morning America, ABC’s legal correspondent Dan Abrams lamented this idea, arguing that Brazil didn’t want to jail the American athletes but just wanted to get “their reputation back."
More than 20 Team USA athletes have clearly articulated their faith in God through interviews, social media and blog posts. By giving God the glory in their successes, and gracefully yielding to His will in their disappointments, these stars are an inspiration to all of us.
After completely ignoring a blatant display of anti-Semitism during last Friday’s judo competition at the Rio Olympics, this Friday, NBC’s Today finally noticed the shameful incident in which an Egyptian athlete refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent. During a round-up of highlights and lowlights from the games with NBC Sports commentator Mike Tirico, co-host Hoda Kotb noted: “Sports always brings like nations together that are sometimes at odds. But in judo, when the Egyptian athlete didn't shake the hand of the Israeli after losing, that was not cool.”
Marisa Kabas, a reporter for Univision-owned website Fusion, devoted a series of Twitter posts on Thursday to forwarding the wild theory that Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte displayed his "white privilege" in his dubious claim that he was robbed at gunpoint while in Rio. Kabas targeted Jason Howerton of The Blaze, after he Tweeted, "Seriously, how did you did make Lochte **allegedly** being a jerk about his skin color? It's impressive." Kabas retorted, "your white privilege is what's most impressive."
“I’m starting to hate that moment when Olympic runners helped each other to the finish line,” declared Slate writer Justin Peters in a headline on Wednesday. The moment in question occurred during a 5,000 meter heat in Rio on Tuesday. Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand fell and took out American Abbey D’Agostino with her. D’Agostino help Hamlin to her feet, while Hamblin cheered on D’Agostino when she showed signs of a knee injury, and both finished roughly two minutes behind first place.
Olympic sharpshooter Kim Rhode won a bronze medal in skeet shooting on Aug. 12, becoming the first woman to win medals at six consecutive Olympics. That was a remarkable feat. But despite her achievements, Rhode does not have “a single sponsor from outside the firearm industry.” Major companies like Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble turned down sponsorship requests, according to Bloomberg.