Athletes in Rio are facing more hurdles than usual at the Olympics this year. Outdoor swimmers are being told to “keep your mouths closed” because the bay has raw sewage. A jiu-jitsu athlete from New Zealandwas kidnapped and robbed. Others have decided to skip the games altogether due to Zika.
But amid the craziness there are some splendid things happening, too. Rio is the first South American city to host the Olympics, for example. And the International Olympic Committee has fully funded 10 athletes from Africa and the Middle East to compete under the Olympic flag as part of the first-ever all-refugee team.
In total, from August 5 to August 21, more than 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will compete in 306 events in 42 sports for 2,488 Olympic medals.
Here are six of the athletes that I’ll be watching as they represent not only their country but also their Savior, seeking to integrate their faith and their work.
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