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"Just looking back on this journey, it's amazing to think where I was in 2008 to where I am now," Boudia told NBC's Al Michaels. "My faith is the most important thing in my life, and this is what's brought me through this 2012 Games."
Islamist radicals have targeted two Tunisian Olympic medalists for behavior and dress considered un-Islamic, as the country that launched the Arab Spring uprisings is facing increasing challenges from religious extremists.
What happens when North Korean athletes fail to bring home the gold? ABC News reported last week that North Korea offers athletes a carrot-and-stick approach -- televisions, refrigerators and cars for winners, and labor camp sentences for losers.
Allyson Felix takes no credit for her success. She was raised to have a strong faith and came to love the Lord on her own terms as a young woman. As she strives for gold, she has not lost sight of what's most important ... striving to please the Lord.
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most restrictive Islamic countries -- a place where women are forbidden from driving, not to mention participating in sports of any kind. And while around the world the women’s presence at the games was largely praised as a leap forward, back home in Saudi Arabia was a different scene entirely.
Here are brief profiles of seven world-class athletes from the United States whose boldness for Christ is something to cheer about -- even if they don’t bring home a medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games.