World-class athletes credit Olympic values, God

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, an Olympic gold medalist in track, and Steve Cash, a Paralympic gold medalist in sled hockey, talked to young people at Olympic Day held at Washington University June 22. A run/walk on the track with the Olympians followed at Francis Field, site of the 1904 Olympics.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a native of East St. Louis, is widely considered among the greatest athletes of all time after winning multiple gold medals in the Olympics and setting a world record in the heptathlon in 1988 that still stands today.

But, speaking at an Olympic Day at Washington University June 22, Joyner-Kersee said that "what I stand for is not the gold medals. Those are materialistic. There is a reason I'm blessed. I put God first."

South Korean bishop hopes Winter Olympics are steppingstone to peace

The sun rose Jan. 30 over the rings of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on a beach in Gangneung, South Korea. The Olympics begin Feb. 9.

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean bishop wants the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to be a steppingstone for achieving peace in the region, reported ucanews.com.

Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon, president of the Korean bishops' Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, released a statement hoping "the Olympics, feast of peace, will be a turning point to reduce the uneasiness and to settle peace on the peninsula."

North Korea is sending a large team of athletes and an art company to the Olympics, which start Feb. 9.

Olympian tosses relevant advice at her former grade school

U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Deanna Price spoke with students Friday at Old Monroe's Immaculate Conception School, her grade school alma mater and local parish.

True to form, United States Olympian Deanna Price gave an Olympic performance in a triumphant return to her grade school alma mater — Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe.

Scheduled for an hour and a half, the visit extended to more than five hours as Price went far beyond the usual brief athlete appearance of signing autographs and posing for pictures. She not only did those things but arrived early and stayed long after school on Aug. 26, much to the delight of the 180 students — as well as teachers and staff.

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.

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.

‘Go Markers’ cheer turns to ‘Go Team USA’ for Quigley

While Olympian Colleen Quigley urges people to chant “Go Team USA,” she has hung onto another cheer: “Go Markers.”

That’s the Nerinx Hall High School Markers, where she was a state champion in track and field and a top performer in cross country.

“I have felt so much love and support from St. Louis, especially Nerinx,” Colleen said.

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