Sportsmanship, faith on display in Rio

U.S. track and field athlete Joe Kovacs competes during the men's shot put final Aug. 18 at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He won silver. The Pennsylvania native is a Knight of Columbus and a 2007 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School in the Diocese of Allentown, Pa.

As water doused the Olympic flame Aug. 21 at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, athletes and spectators reflected on the previous 16 days of global competition and sportsmanship.

New Mizzou coach stands out for stress on core values

Southeast head coach Steve Bieser watches the from the sideline in the fourth inning against Belmont at Capaha Field on Friday, May 20, 2016. Belmont won 4-3.

Steve Bieser's coaching is built on four cornerstones. The first is faith — the core values of players, their integrity and the character they represent as well as self-worth, purpose and respect. Family, education and service are the others.

His record shows those cornerstones built a strong foundation.

Gymnast keeps rosary -- a gift from her mom -- close when she competes

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles competed in the women's individual all-around final during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 11. Biles won 4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.

Biles, who won gold in the women's gymnastics all-around competition Aug. 11 and helped lead the U.S. women to a team gold Aug. 9, made those comments to Us Weekly.

Cardinal Ritter grad carries sportsmanship to new level

Sportsmanship comes easy for Rolando Merriweather, who finished four years on the varsity football team at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School last fall.

That quality and other values have been instilled in the captain of Ritter's team by his football coaches — including his father — and others. He'll take those ideals with him to Missouri S&T University in Rolla where he'll play on the defensive line for the football team and study computer science.

World record-holder swimmer Katie Ledecky still says 'a prayer -- or two -- before any race'

Katie Ledecky reacted after setting a new world record in the 400-meter freestyle final Aug. 7 during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, at age 15, swimmer Katie Ledecky won Olympic gold in the women's 800-meter freestyle.

At Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

Cardinal Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro and former Brazilian volleyball player Isabel Barroso held the Olympic torch in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado.

"This is the moment for us to surpass our difficulties and work together as a team, making our country and our world safer, less unequal, and putting love in the hearts of all," the cardinal told reporters.

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