2016 olympics

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.

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.

Pope praises witness of 10 athletes on Refugee Olympic Team

The new Refugee Olympic Team arrived for the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5. In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.

VATICAN CITY -- In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.

Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Pope Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."

Long process pays off for Olympic volleyball player Murphy Troy

Murphy Troy is part of a third-generation St. Louis University High School family, following the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncles. His older brother, Phineas, went there as well.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Olympic inspiration: waiting for that unifying moment

It was a rough July, on a national scale, marked by division: shootings, protests, funerals, conventions.

Whether you tuned into Trump and Clinton, clicked over to the late-night comics or braced for sharp Facebook exchanges, you likely felt a sense of separation, of people moving further apart, digging in their heels and drawing circles around their camps.

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