Olympian Sydney McLaughlin
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Catholic News Service
Sydney McLaughlin, who smashed the world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, will begin her quest to win the gold medal in that event when she runs in the opening round at the Summer Games July 30.
FaithShort Take
Amelia Jarecke
This is what I hope the future conversation around mental health in sports looks like.
FaithShort Take
Zac Davis
Simone Biles is widely acknowledged as the greatest gymnast of all time. In light of her decision to withdraw from the individual all-around gymnastics competition, it’s time to acknowledge her new public role of spiritual director.
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Mary Durran - Catholic News Service
Hidilyn Diaz became the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal winner, set an Olympic record — and thanked her friends who prayed the Miraculous Medal novena.
From left: Swimmer Katie Ledecky (Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters); long-distance runner Molly Seidel (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters); Mariel Zagunis (Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) and gymnast Simone Biles (Dylan Martinez, Reuters). Illustration by America staff.
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Grace DoerflerAmelia JareckeChloe Gunther
As Team U.S.A. heads to Tokyo, keep an eye on these athletes and all of the Olympians whose faith inspires them in competition.
Arts & CultureShort Take
J.D. Long-García
Intense competition can sometimes feel like clan warfare — and it’s all set aside in this celebration of baseball. The Catholic Church can learn from this game.