“The Final Five” as they’ve nicknamed themselves, have done it! They edged out Russia and China by a few tenths of a point, leading the team to a tremendous Olympic victory. But with athletic success of such heights comes immense pressure. The athletes have talked about how God has remained central to their competing, reports CBN.
“I take my Bible with me, sometimes two of them, when I travel…I always pray at every competition, when the judge’s hand goes up I am praying, and there are little Scriptures I like to quote,” said star gymnast Gabby Douglas in her memoir “Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith.” Another of the team, Simone Biles, talks openly about her Christian faith on twitter.
“God put you there. Be confident. Be humble,” she tweeted. As well as “If you’re praying about it, God is working on it.” Another of the team, Laurie Hernandez, uploaded this image to Instagram earlier this year.
Hernandez says that prayer often quells the pressure she feels before a performance. “Usually, before I salute the judge I’m able to just grab the event and I pray on it and that really grounds me. For some reason, once I do that, I am able to think clearly and I’m able to calm down right before I compete,” she said. (Read more from “Christian US Gymnastics Team Wins Gold, but Chooses To “Give All the Glory to God” HERE)