Thank You, Olympians!

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended Sunday after seventeen days of intense competition between more than 10,900 athletes representing 206 nations. And what a display these Olympians gave! I loved tuning into their stories and learning more about what brought them to this point. I wondered how they stayed out of their head and kept…

Daddy’s Girl: Michelle Carter’s Gold

Is there anything better than one-upping a family member? Let’s see what Michelle Carter has to say about that after winning her first gold medal for Team USA in the woman’s shot put last Friday. Check out the video here. “Of course, I can’t wait until I get the medal and I can walk around…

Helen Maroulis Wrestles with Gold

Check this out: Helen Maroulis was the first woman to take gold in wrestling for Team USA! You read that right, Maroulis who hails from Rockville, Md. won gold. In wrestling.  USA! USA! At just 24-years old, she took down a legend, beating out three-time Olympic champion from Japan, Saori Yoshida. This was Maroulis’ first…

TEAM USA SWEEP!

This next ditty is simply awesome. For the first time in the  women’s 100m hurdles event, TEAM USA got greedy and doled out a 1-2-3 punch taking all three medals.  Brianna Rollins captured the gold, looking flawless with 12.48 seconds on the clock. She was followed by Nia Ali who handled her business at 12.59…

Sportsmanship is Alive and Well at Rio

This must-watch video is a beautiful and kind act that exemplifies good sportsmanship. It shows Abbey D’Agostino of the United States colliding with Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand in a women’s 5000m qualifying race. After the collision, Hamblin seemed dazed and said in an interview that as she laid on the ground she didn’t really know what…

A Golden Reaction

Hello Simone Manuel! If we didn’t know Manuel before this duel in the pool, then we surely know her now. I loved this 20-year old’s reaction when she won gold in the 100m freestyle Thursday. It was almost like she shocked herself! It was a genuine, sweet moment indeed. Check it out here, if you…

USA! USA!

WOW! These games sure have been sweet. I was traveling (South Carolina) during the Opening Day Ceremonies and first weekend of the Rio Olympics but I did try to watch as much as possible. Here are a few things that stood out to me so far: USA Gymnastics team is on a tear! The Final…

Prayer to Saint Sebastian

Saint Sebastian is the patron saint of athletes (and archers) as well as the military. I offer up this prayer for a safe and awesome competition for these Olympic games. Saint Sebastian and our Heavenly Father: thank you for giving us this wonderful tradition. Watch over all of the athletes as they utilize the incredible…

Surprise, Surprise!

So last week in this Road to Rio article I mentioned a surprise. I am super-proud to reveal this surprise. It taps into the excitement I’ve been feeling for these Olympic games. Without further ado, here is a guest blog  I wrote for the national magazine, BYOU (Be Your Own You). It appears on their website.…

Look at That Face!

Meet Sydney McLaughlin who is the youngest USA Track and Field Olympian since 1972. How determined is she? Just one look at that face and, WOW! Doesn’t it make you want to run as fast as you can and effortlessly glide over a hurdle that sits 30 inches above ground? Thank you espnW Twitter and…