Olympics

The Olympics inspire, excite, and impress us as we meet athletes who have worked for years to reach the most respected games in the world.
Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix
Inspiring Stories

4 Inspiring Female Athletes Competing in the Tokyo Olympics

As the 2021 Tokyo Olympics kicks off, these talented athletes are serving as inspiration both on and off the field. 

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Rafer Johnson at 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles
Stories of Faith

We All Carry the Torch—And Can Pass It Along

A 1984 Olympics memory reinforces how we can step out, illuminated by faith, and shine a light for others.

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Rafter Johnson competing at that 1950 Olumpics; Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Sports

Rafer Johnson: An Athlete Whose Faith Came First

This Guideposts story from December 1958 profiles decathlete Rafer Johnson, who went on to become an Olympic champion, social activist and civil rights icon.

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Julia Hawkins at the 2019 National Senior Games
Living Longer, Living Better

This 103-Year-Old Runner Shares Her Top Longevity Secret

Senior Olympic athlete Julia Hawkins shares how being active led to her becoming a record-breaking sports phenom.

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Mirai Nagasu at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Movies and TV

How Olympian Mirai Nagasu Fought to Make History

The figure skater reflects on her history-making performance at the Olympics and looks ahead to winning another title, on "Dancing with the Stars." 

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Winter Olympians
Sports

Meet 8 Inspiring Winter Olympians Representing Team USA

Before the Games begin, we're highlighting eight men and women whose personal journeys to a potential place on the podium are a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the beauty of the American dream.

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Gymnast Cathy Rigby
Sports

Guideposts Classics: Cathy Rigby on Overcoming Setbacks

In this story from June 1977, former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby shares how a lesson her mother taught her helped her deal with the vicissitudes of athletics—and of life.

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Refugee Olympic Team
Sports

The Inspiring Story of the Olympic Refugee Team

For the first time in history, the Olympics will have a team of refugees. Here's their inspiring story.

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Joanna Kovacs and her son, Joe, near the beach at Chula Vista, California, where Joe trained for the Olympic Trials
Sports

Rio 2016: A Mother's Pride in Her Olympian Son

Joanna Kovacs was mother, father and even coach to her shot-putting son, Joe. And now that he's made the U.S. Olympics squad, she'll be cheering him on from the stands in Rio de Janeiro.

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Joe Kovacs, who will represent the USA in the Rip Olympics in the shot put competition
Sports

Rio 2016: Joe Kovacs’ Olympic Journey

Joanna Kovacs' son, Joe, will be throwing the shot put for the U.S. in the 2016 Olympic Games. As an athlete and a single mom, Joanna was mother, father and even coach to Joe throughout his accomplished career.

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