Golden Moments From Rio 2016: An Olympic Photo Essay

American Abbey D’Agnostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand were 3,000 meters into the race when D’Agnostinio appealed to clip Hamblin’s heel, sending both tumbling to the ground. After getting up, D’Agnostino fell again, and Hamblin was gracious enough to end her hopes of placing in the race by helping Abbey up.

There were dozens of great stories during these Olympics, but none more compelling and captivating than the one where one runner stopped to help another up after a fall during the race. And that is what life is all about: falling down and getting back up, and those that help us and those that we help along the way to the finish line.

So the Olympics and life are not just about winning gold medals; it’s about living the golden rule and sharing golden moments all along the way.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu of China compete in the Women’s Diving Synchronised 10m Platform Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)




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Hockey - Olympics: Day 10
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 15: Kelly Jonker (R) of the Netherlands hits the ball into Lucinda von der Heyde during the Women’s quarter final hockey match between the Netherlands and Argentina on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games held at the Olympic Hockey Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
USA’s guard Kyrie Irving (R) takes a shot over France’s point guard Thomas Heurtel during a Men’s round Group A basketball match between USA and France at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Andrej ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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David Florence, Richard Hounslow Men’s Canoe Double event at Whitewater Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Hahn Lionel/CP)


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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the Men’s 100m Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)


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Spain’s Naiara Egozkue celebrates after scoring during the women’s preliminary handball match between Spain and Romania at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)


Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and  silver medalist Nia Ali, all of the United States, celebrate after sweeping the Women’s 100m Hurdles Final at Olympic Stadium at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 17, 2016. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UI
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Mohamed Farah of Great Britain reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 5000 meter Final at Olympic Stadium at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 20, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsh/UPI
Danell Leyva celebrates after competing in the men’s team gymnastics final of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the Rio Arena on Monday, August 8, 2016.
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Jeff Henderson of the United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men’s Long Jump Final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI


Inika McPherson of the United States competes in the Women’s High Jump Final at Olympic Stadium at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 20, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Elaine Thompson of Jamaica is amazed as she crosses the finish line first in her 200m final which earned her double gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo Credit: @iaaforg
Sailing - Olympics: Day 12
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 17: Hannah Mills (helm) of Great Britain and Saskia Clark of Great Britain sail in the light wind delaying the start of the Women’s 470 class race on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Marina da Gloria on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)



USA’s gold medallist team Nathan Adrian (L), Michael Phelps, Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller (R), pose with a banner “Thank You rio” during the podium ceremony of the Men’s swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Why We Loved The Rio Olympics: Another Jolt From Usain Bolt


Usain St. Leo Bolt has beaten the best and he’s ravished the rest. He’s conquered his counterparts at every turn. And this is only part of his allure.

Usain Bolt won the 100m dash. Then he won the 200m dash. And THEN he crowned these Olympics off and capped the Games of XXXI Olympiad with a crowning, royal diadem of a 4 x 100m dash performance for the ages. Just as we love to watch a deer run through the woods and watch a cheetah race across the plain, so we love to watch Usain bolt down the track.

So what is Bolt’s mystery ingredient? What is Bolt’s secret weapon? Wha does Usain have that the other sprinters lack? (Not counting his extraordinary height, or course.)  First and foremost, Usain Bolt is supremely confident.  Usain’s almost insane confidence is not just in himself, per se; his confidence  lies rooted and grounded in his uncanny ability to transcend the circumstances, whatever they may be, to achieve gold.

Bolt is a believer. He’s a man of faith. But he’s also a man full of fundamentals. He just doesn’t believe or hope or dream; he works hard. He trains hard. He practices long and he strives for perfection.  And he’s sustained this streak of dominance and eminence over time, so he’s no flash in the pan.

Bolt is a boyish “Bella.” His speed and his strength and his gold medals are only icing on the cake. It’s his charm and his charisma, and most of all, his confidence, that are the soul of this human machine, and this surefire assurance is what we love and admire about him the most.

Usain Bolt: Pride of Jamaica


A hero is someone who helps without expecting anything in return. Their gesture may be big or small; but profound or not, it doesn’t make him any less of a hero. Does this define Usain Bolt? In the minds and hearts of boys and girls and men and women the world over, Usain’s winning and bolting and dapping may not match the traditional meaning of the term, but its close enough.

Usain Bolt just won the men’s 100 m dash for the third straight Olympics. He defeated his arch-rival Justin Gatlin and the rest of the field to win gold in “just” 9.80 seconds. And his dominance in the sport spans past the Olympics, as he set a new World Record of 9.58 in 2009.

Usain has bolted to super stardom as he has led his tiny island nation of Jamaica to world track and field dominance. So he’s more than a hero; he’s conquered oh, so many hearts and he is the shining star of a nation.

Usain has unusual height for a sprinter and unmatched stamina parallel to none. His speed and his strength have earned him the title “World’s Fastest Man” for almost a decade. And his charisma and charm and magnetism and near hypnotism all combine for a compelling story that is worth telling time and again.

Silencing the Critics

olympic_champion_usain_bolts_running_spikes_auctioned_for_39000_8yb1lThe fastest man in the world is Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who literally and figuratively “bolted” out of nowhere to win the gold medal in the 100 and 200 meter dashes at  the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.  

Usain Bolt ran the 100m dash in 9.69 seconds as he set a new WR. He had less than a great start, and “showboated” as he crossed the finish line; yet and still he won “gong away.” He pulled away from the field at 80 meters and could have had a faster time if he had retained his near perfect form through the tape. Usain won the 200 by running 19.31, and won by an incredibly large margin as he again pulled away from the pack, and showed his critics that he was in fact for real.

To further silence the critics, Bolt also broke his Olympic record In Berlin a year later when he ran against his closest competitor, Tyson Gay, who challenged Usain in the 100m and took second.  He also broke the 200m record by running a 19.19 the IAAF World Championship Track and Field in Berlin, Germany. In stead of responding to his critics, he did his talking in the race. Likewise, we need to remember that “the Lord shall fight for us, if we hold our peace.”

We all have critics, and Usain’s critics gave him a hard time for being so brassy as he crossed the finish  in the 100m finish line in 2008.  Uphazed, Bolt took this criticism to heart.  In his book, Reversed Thunder, Eugene Peterson wrote, “The devil is but God’s master fencer, to teach us to handle our weapons.”  Our critics are actually doing us a favor: they bring out the best in us. 

Our critics/enemies don’t want us to succeed, they don’t want us to win, and they don’t want us to triumph. All the while they may use “trash talk” to discourage us in the process. But no worries –Jesus came to silence our critics.  When the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery to Jesus, they rebuked her and challenged Jesus to “do something about” the crime this woman had committed. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  The Law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”  “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”  John 8:4-11, New Living Translation

Our enemies will leave us alone, because Jesus came to negate the naysayers.  Jesus came to oppose our oppressors. Jesus came to denounce the detractors.  Jesus came to silence the critics.