Pray for the 2016 Rio Olympics

The Summer Games will run from August 5th until the 21st and will include about 18,000 of the world's top athletes housed in over 31 buildings. This is the first Olympics to be held in South America.

In this article dedicated to the 2016 Rio Olympics, we have included the following:

  • A prayer for the Rio Olympics
  • Information on athletes who have withdrawn
  • Information on participating athletes
  • Where to watch the games


Prayer for the Rio Olympics

We've heard so much in the news about the Zika virus, environmental issues, terrorists attacks, housing issues for the athletes, a fire that broke out, slow ticket sales, someone put the torch out, there was a budget cut, poverty, drugs and sex trafficking in Brazil. Let's start by praying for the games, praying for Brazil, the people, the athletes and the fans attending - Have faith:

Father God in the Name of Jesus, Lord we come to you with humble hearts and first ask forgiveness of our sins that our prayers might be heard. We praise you because you are worthy of our prayers and you are a faithful and loving God. Lord, we pray right now and ask for your mercy, grace and covering to help the people of Brazil. Cover this city in Jesus's name. We pray for the city and those living there. We also pray for those working during the games that it may provide jobs and that they are covered and safe. We pray for their safety and protection. We pray for the athletes, their staff and representatives. We pray for the fans attending and family members and for all coaches. Father God, please send signs and keep them out of harms away. Angels on assignment and we rebuke every attack. We pray traveling grace and mercies for everyone attending and watching the games.

We also pray and ask for your covering over these games and where the athletes are staying, practicing, playing and eating. Bless the dorms and cover them with angels. So many have withdrawn and we pray to you and ask for peace on the streets, no acts of violence, no thefts, and no terrorism or vandalism in Jesus's name. We cancel every demonic attack in the name of Jesus. We cancel the devil's assignment and we cancel every attack of the enemy. We rebuke the demons of sexual sin in this area. We cancel every plan of the enemy and we rebuke the devourer. No harm shall come near the dwelling places of these athletes, the fans, staff, residents and attendees and no evil shall befall them.

We plead the blood of Jesus over them right now, Lord. We pray please surround them with a hedge of protection and get them to their destinations and home safely in Jesus's name. We also pray for crowd control in the name of Jesus. Father, send angels to guard the areas where there are large crowds and gatherings. We rebuke terrorists and demonic forces and strongholds. These players are covered in the blood of Jesus. We love you and thank you and pray for all countries being represented in the games. We pray for our nation and our planet. Cover us, Lord, in Jesus's name, amen.

 Glory to God! 


2016 Rio Olympics 

Here's all that we know about the Rio Olympic Games: Who's in, who's out and who's potentially taking home the gold:


The athletes

Get ready for the crowds to cheer on Neymar!

One of the best athletes is Brazilian soccer star, Neymar. He will take the pitch for Brazil and you know the crowds are so excited! Neymar is also the face of the World Cup.


Be on the look out for the Bolt!

We're talking about track star Usain Bolt from Jamaica who is going for a 3-time win in Olympic gold medals for the 100 meter, 200 meter and the 4x100-meter relay. He will also be celebrating his 30th birthday on the last day of the Olympics!


Phelps is back!

In swimming, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are slated for a return to the pool. Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 medals (18 golds) under his belt. 


Will Stephen Curry play?

Curry has decided to sit out for the Olympics, choosing to rest his knee. Too bad, we were hoping his daughter would commentate again...


 Look out for the ladies basketball team

The US women's team hasn't lost in the Olympic games since 1992. Let's hope that streak continues!


Ahh, golf is back. Kind of...

Golf returns to the Olympics this year. It hasn't been included since 1904. Singh, Scott, McIllroy, Lowry, Leishman and Day are out with zika concerns. Even Tiger Woods is questioning if this is a good move to have golf included without top players attending. There are also a lot of players who are attending or participating in the PGA.


Simone Biles

Biles just 19, is the closest thing to a can’t-miss bet as a breakout star. The diminutive Texan is 4-foot-9, but her power, charisma and likelihood of dominance may leave a huge impression.

She already is the three-time world all-around champion, the first woman ever to win three consecutive titles. The gymnastic world already knows her, but after Rio, the American public surely will as well.

Biles — a four-time U.S. all-around champ — is the most decorated American woman in world championship history, with 14 medals, 10 gold. But Olympic gold would take her profile to another level.

Athletically gifted, her floor routine is sure to be a highlight. She already is sponsored by Nike, and if she claims gold, inevitable predictions will follow of her being a successor to Serena Williams as a marketable female black star.

Laurie Hernandez

The New Jersey teen won all-around gold and medaled in all four events (including gold on uneven bars) at last year’s national championships. But after finishing second to Biles at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Hernandez could become a household name in Rio.

Dubbed the “Human Emoji” by International Gymnast Magazine for her myriad facial expressions, the 16-year-old Old Bridge native’s infectious smile and crowd-pleasing floor routine with an extra dose of flavor could catch on big.

After sticking her double pike dismount for a meet-best 15.70 on the balance beam at the Trials, Hernandez has been called “the new Gabby Douglas,” even though the reigning Olympic all-around gold medalist is back on the team as well. Of course, there are other obvious reasons many have drawn the comparison. While Douglas is black, Hernandez is the first Latina to make the U.S. squad since 2004.

Mallory Pugh
Women’s soccer

Unlike Olympic men’s soccer, which is an under-23 competition, the women’s tourney boasts full national teams. That makes it even more impressive Mallory Pugh made the cut for the reigning World Cup champions. She is set to enroll at UCLA in January and is the only non-professional player on the squad.

Pugh, just 18, already was the youngest woman to play in an Olympic qualifier for the U.S. But the 5-foot-4 striker isn’t just happy to be along for the ride. She leads the team in assists this year with seven, scored in the recent friendly win over Costa Rica, and — while New Jersey’s Carli Lloyd is the team’s unquestioned star — could be its breakout player.

“For a player that age it has to be a combination of their soccer ability and their psychological profile,” coach Jill Ellis said, according to the Miami Herald. “Mal has ice in her veins. She doesn’t get rattled. She’s very competitive. Always has a smile on her face and is enjoying it.”

Claressa Shields


Shields became the first U.S woman to earn Olympic boxing gold when she won the middleweight title in London despite being the youngest boxer in the Olympic games. But the 21-year-old Shields is used to dealing with far tougher obstacles than a little age gap.

The Flint, Mich., native’s mother battles drug issues, and her father, Bo, was in jail from the time she was 2 until she reached 9. An underground boxer himself, he wouldn’t let her fight until she reached 11, but she’s clearly a natural — and a great story. A documentary film “T-Rex: Her Fight For Gold” already has aired on Netflix, and Universal Studios has a feature film in the works.

Vashti Cunningham
Track and field

This 18-year-old high-jumper has excellence in her DNA as the daughter of former Eagles and Vikings quarterback Randall Cunningham. But she’s making a name of her own, setting a world junior record of 6-foot-6 ¼ (1.99 meters), the best jump in the world this past indoor season. A week later, she won the World Indoor title.

It’s no shock Nike signed her the same month.

Caeleb Dressel

Yes, the big story in the pool will be the return of Phelps, but there’s room for more than one. And it will be hard to miss the 19-year-old Florida star, not just because of the ink he’s sporting on his shoulder, but also his record-breaking times.

His blistering 18.23 in the 50-meter freestyle this year was the fastest time in history. The times, the tattoos and the sports’ fastest event could combine to make Dressel a breakout star.

Katie Ledecky

She is just 19, but already has an Olympic gold medal on her résumé in the 800-meter freestyle. As a matter of fact, she’s a nine-time world champion, and broke seven world records in two years. She will have to earn her way to a win in her best event, with a potential showdown against U.S. teammate Franklin in the 200 meter freestyle. It will be must-watch drama.

Trayvon Bromell
Track and field

It’s Usain Bolt who will overshadow the sprints, and it was Brooklyn-born Justin Gatlin who won the 100 meters at the Olympic Trials in a world-leading 9.83. But Bromell, only 20, was just 0.01 seconds behind, the third-fastest time in the world this year, with Gatlin holding the other two.

If Bolt loses the 100 final, that will be the narrative. But whoever unseats the Jamaican legend will be a huge story, one his sponsor New Balance would surely be happy to promote. Bromell has the speed to do it, and doesn’t have to contend with the 200 like Bolt and Gatlin. Bolt ran 9.88 on July 11 in Kingston, Jamaica, but is still working his way back to full speed after his hamstring injury in the Jamaican trials.

Sydney McLaughlin
Track and field

Another 16-year-old Jersey girl, she’s the youngest Team USA track athlete to reach the Olympics in 44 years. And like Cunningham, her father was an accomplished athlete. Willie McLaughlin was an All-American 400 runner for Manhattan and reached the semifinals in the 1984 Olympic Trials.

The rising senior at Union Catholic in N.J., has struggled through mono, shin splints and her mother, Mary, suffering a non-fatal heart attack in April. Her 54.15 in the 400-meter hurdles (a world junior record and U.S. high-school mark) is seventh-fastest in the world this year. But Leslie Maxie, whose high school mark she broke, tips her to contend for the medal stand.

“She’ll do well. She definitely will be top 5,” Maxie told The Post. “I’d be surprised if she’s not in the medal hunt.”

Ibtihaj Muhammad

No, she’s not a favorite for fencing gold. But in these troubled, divisive times, the 30-year-old New Jersey product could be as important socially as any athlete on the U.S. team. The Maplewood native will be the first American Olympian to compete wearing a hijab, the traditional covering for the hair and neck worn by Muslim women.

Muhammad started fencing at 13 because she and her parents wanted a sport in which she could be fully covered, in accordance with her religion. Now she has a clothing line (Louella) that brings modest, fashionable clothing to the U.S. market.

She has met with president Obama to talk about Muslim issues in the U.S., and could even end up as the flag bearer for the opening or closing ceremonies. In a time when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslims entering the country, that can’t be overstated.


Player excerpts shared courtesy of NYPost. For the website information, click here for The Rio Olympics Link. 



Where to watch the games

Shared via NBC

Powered by Playmaker Media, NBC and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 total hours — including all Olympic competition for the third consecutive Olympics — for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere to desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs for the first time.  

New from NBC Olympics in Rio

NBC Olympics will also provide 4K Ultra HD content as well as Virtual Reality (VR) programming.

The networks of NBC Universal


NBC’s 260.5 hours of coverage begins on Friday, August 5, and concludes on Sunday, August 21, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, respectively. Across NBC’s primetime, daytime and late night shows, coverage will feature many of the Games’ most popular sports, including swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, beach volleyball, volleyball, and the men’s and women’s basketball finals.

In addition to competition, coverage will also include athlete features, segments on the host city and country, and interviews with newsmakers and medal-winning athletes.

On most days, NBC primetime programming will air from 8 p.m. – midnight ET/PT; daytime from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET/PT; late night from 12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m. ET/PT; and replays from 1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. ET/PT.

Bob Costas will again anchor NBC’s primetime coverage, while Ryan Seacrest will host the network’s late night programming. Al Michaels will serve as an NBC daytime host on weekdays and weekends. Dan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe will work daytime across both NBC and NBCSN.

NBC’s daytime and late night programming will originate from a studio located at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach. The state-of-the-art beach studio will feature two sets; one indoor and one outdoor, a main anchor desk, an interview area, and a news update desk, all positioned to capture the panoramic views of the beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio coastline. It is the first time in 24 years, since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, that NBC Olympics has utilized a major studio outside the International Broadcast Center (IBC). NBC’s primetime studio will be located in the IBC.



NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will present 330 hours of Olympic programming and more than 20 sports, both more than any other TV network. NBCSN will once again serve as the showcase network for Team USA women’s soccer, and Team USA men’s and women’s basketball.

Medals will be won every day on NBCSN from Saturday, August 6, through Sunday, August 21. In addition to basketball and soccer, coverage will include track and field, archery, boxing, cycling, fencing, field hockey, judo, open water swimming, rugby, shooting, soccer, synchronized swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling and more.

The network’s 18 days of coverage begins on Wednesday, August 3, two days before the Opening Ceremony, with women’s soccer, and concludes on Sunday, August 21, the final day of the Games. On most days, NBCSN will televise 16 hours of coverage, from 8 a.m. to midnight ET.

Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will handle NBCSN hosting duties, along with Dan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe, who will also host daytime on NBC.



With golf’s return to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years, Golf Channel will present 115 hours of tournament programming, surrounded by in-depth analysis previewing and recapping the competition and highlighted by live coverage of the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Golf competition (Men’s: Thursday, Aug. 11 – Sunday, Aug. 14; Women’s: Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Saturday, Aug. 20). In total, Golf Channel will provide nearly 300 hours dedicated to Olympic programming in August.

Similar to NBC Sports’ all-encompassing coverage of marquee events like The Open and Ryder Cup, NBC Olympics’ live coverage of the men’s and women’s competitions in Rio will begin with the opening tee shot and continue until the medals are awarded. Golf Central’s Live From the Olympics also will provide wraparound news coverage immediately prior to and following live coverage of the competition. Additionally, NBC will feature live look-ins, highlights and updates on the golf competition throughout the Games.



Bravo will once again serve as the home of Olympic tennis, televising 94.5 hours of live coverage that begins on Saturday, August 6, and concludes on Sunday, August 14, with the men’s singles final. The women’s singles final airs on Saturday, August 13.

For each of the first five days, Bravo will televise Olympic tennis for more than 12 hours, from 9:30 a.m. ET until 10 p.m. ET. The final four days will each consist of eight hours of coverage, from 11 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET. This will be the third time that Bravo has hosted Olympic coverage (2004 and 2012).



CNBC’s 42 hours of coverage begins on Saturday, August 6, and concludes on Friday, August 19. On weekdays, the network’s Olympic coverage will take place from 5-8 p.m. ET, after it concludes its traditional business and financial programming.

This will be the ninth consecutive Olympics in which CNBC has provided coverage, every Games since 2000. The network will showcase elimination-round coverage of basketball and volleyball, as well as archery, beach volleyball, cycling, rugby, water polo, wrestling, and many more sports.



MSNBC will carry 78.5 hours of Rio Olympic programming, including coverage of men’s basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, and water polo, among other sports. As with CNBC, this will be the ninth consecutive Olympics in which the network has provided coverage, every Games since 2000.

Coverage begins on Saturday, August 6, and concludes on Saturday, August 20. Ten of the network’s 15 days of coverage take place from Noon ET to 5 p.m. ET.



After taking a hiatus during the 2012 London Olympics, USA Network returns to the Summer Games with 110.5 hours of programming from Rio. This will be the sixth time the network has carried Olympic programming (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2014). Its coverage begins two days before the Opening Ceremony with women’s soccer on Wednesday, August 3, and concludes on Sunday, August 21, the final day of the Games.

Most weekdays, USA will present eight hours of coverage, from 9 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET, in addition to weekend programming. USA’s coverage includes men’s basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, rowing, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo, and more.



TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO, the home of the Olympics in Spanish in the United States, will present 273.5 hours of coverage, the most extensive Olympic coverage in the history of U.S. Spanish-language television, and 100 hours more than London 2012 (173.5).

The network’s unprecedented coverage from Rio de Janeiro will begin with women’s soccer on Wednesday, August 3, two days before the Opening Ceremony, and run through August 21.

To complement this extensive coverage and in line with their characteristic storytelling tradition and style, both networks will present stories and reports focusing on Olympic athletes from Latin America and the United States, following them as they compete in their respective events.

One of the main highlights of TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO’s coverage will be the performance of the Mexican men’s soccer team, which will be defending the historic gold medal it won four years ago in London.



NBC Olympics will provide NBCUniversal distribution partners with two Olympic specialty channels – one each for basketball and soccer. The specialty channels will focus 779 hours of content solely on each of their respective sports nearly every day of the Games. The soccer channel begins programming on Wednesday, August 3, two days prior to the Opening Ceremony, with women’s soccer coverage. The basketball channel begins its coverage on Saturday, August 6.



NBC Olympics will distribute 4K Ultra HD (UHD) coverage to cable, satellite, telco providers, and other partners. The 83 hours of coverage will be made available on one-day delay and will include 4K UHD footage from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men’s soccer final, and judo, as well as Rio scenics.

One event from the previous day’s competition will be provided daily from August 6, the day after the Opening Ceremony, through August 22, the day after the Games conclude.

NBC Olympics will distribute the 4K UHD coverage provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Japan’s NHK to U.S. distribution partners, who will individually choose how they will make the content available to their customers.

4K UHD technology displays images at over eight million pixels (3,840 x 2,160), providing pictures with an ultra-high resolution that is roughly four times that of current HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). The 4K UHD coverage of the Opening Ceremony, which will be produced by NBC Olympics, will also include High Dynamic Range (HDR), which produces a wider and richer range of colors, and Dolby Atmos, a new sound technology that allows for a more immersive audio experience.