Countdown to the Olympic Games

The women’s basketball team got fitted for uniforms and other team gear today, as the Olympics begin in five days.

I don’t know about you, but I’m worried. Especially when you take a look at some of the links below. I fear for our athletes, and those from the rest of the world, too. I am praying for the safety of all during these Games.

General Olympics news:

The U.S. and Brazil are bolstering security at the Olympics.

A majority of Brazilians don’t want the Games there.

Athletes and tourists in Rio are at risk of “violent illness” from sewage-filled waters.

“Don’t put your head under water,” visitors are warned.

America’s summer of racial tension has surfaced on the road to Rio.

Do Black Lives Matter protests belong at the Olympics?

It’s no game when athletes take political and social stands.

Tina Charles said Team USA is focused on gold medals, not protests.

A cash influx has revived Canadian team sports for Rio, including women’s basketball.

Team USA news:

The willingness to learn from each other makes the U.S. stronger.

NBA players have bailed from the Olympics, but not WNBA athletes.

Olympic player news:

There are 22 WNBA players on Olympic rosters for various countries.

Serial survivor Seimone Augustus is key for the team.

Sue Bird reflects before Rio.

Diana Taurasi is looking to join an elite list of players with four Olympic gold medals.

WNBA player news:

After a long quest to get rapper 50 Cent to come to a Chicago Sky game,rookie Imani Boyette met him.

Penny Taylor’s retirement announcement comes with an eye on the gold in Rio.

College coach news:

Dee Kantner and Phillip Fulmer talk Pat Summitt.

Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard joins Winthrop as an assistant coach.