Catholics from the U.S. had a strong showing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
U.S. track and field athlete Joe Kovacs holds the American flag Aug. 19 at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He won silver in the men’s shot put final. The Pennsylvania native is a Knight of Columbus and a 2007 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic H.S. in the Diocese of Allentown, Pa.
U.S. basketball player Elena Delle Donne, a student at Ursuline Catholic Girls Academy in Wilmington, Del., competes against Spain. Photo © Catholic News Service/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters
U.S. fencer Daryl Homer, left, poses with his men’s individual sabre silver medal. He attended Salesian H.S in New Rochelle, N.Y. Photo © Catholic News Service/Nacho Doce, Reuters
Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held, Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressel sing the national anthem after winning gold in the men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay Aug. 7. Held is a 2014 graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin H.S. in Springfield, Ill. Photo © Catholic News Service/David Gray, Reuters
U.S. basketball player Klay Thompson competes against China. He attended Santa Margarita Catholic H.S. in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Photo © Catholic News Service/Jim Young, Reuters
Defender Julie Johnston, left, Santa Clara University graduate, is seen during the U.S. women’s soccer match against New Zealand Aug. 3. Photo © Catholic News Service/Mariana Bazo, Reuters
U.S. gymnast Simone Biles celebrates winning gold in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around final. She attends St. James Catholic Church in Spring, Texas. Photo © Catholic News Service/Dylan Martinez, Reuters
U.S. track and field athlete Matthew Centrowitz wins gold in the men’s 1,500-meter final Aug. 21. He attended St. Andrew by the Bay parish in Annapolis, Md. Photo © Catholic News Service/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters
U.S. volleyball player Kelly Murphy, right, celebrates with teammates after the win over Serbia. Murphy attended Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill. Photo © Catholic News Service/Marcelo del Pozo, Reuters
U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky poses with her medals at Dulles International Airport in Virginia Aug. 17, after returning home from the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Ledecky is a graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Md. Photo © Catholic News Service/Marcelo del Pozo, Reuters
Daryl Homer, right, competes in the men’s individual sabre gold medal bout Aug. 10. Photo © Catholic News Service/Issei Kato, Reuters
U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin competes in the 200-meter backstroke during the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 11. She attended Regis Jesuit H.S. in Aurora, Col. Photo © Catholic News Service/Dominic Ebenbichler, Reuters