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Kevin Durant wins first career NBA MVP Award

posted by Chad Bonham

On Tuesday, Kevin Durant won his first career NBA Most Valuable Player award. His acceptance speech has quickly become the source of great inspiration across the country. Durant is truly a unique soul in a league where the biggest names […]

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A conversation with two-time Olympic bobsleigh athlete Elana Meyers

posted by Chad Bonham

Elana Meyers was born into an Episcopalian family that later became Lutheran. More recently, she was baptized in a Baptist church. She’s also been known to attend non-denominational services. So Meyers really isn’t sure how to label her Christian faith. […]

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A conversation with Olympic freestyle skier Nick Goepper

posted by Chad Bonham

Action sports athletes are often pegged as rebellious, freewheeling and borderline reckless. Freestyle skier Nick Goepper certainly doesn’t dispute the stereotype. But what might surprise some is that there’s a strong remnant of Christians within the various winter disciplines. And […]

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A conversation with four-time Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark

posted by Chad Bonham

When an 18-year old Kelly Clark won the snowboarding gold medal at the 2002 Olympics Games in Salt Lake City, the action sports world was literally at her feet. And while the next few years brought unprecedented success, Clark struggled […]

Missy Franklin wins six gold medals at swimming World Championships

posted by Chad Bonham

Over the weekend in Barcelona, Spain, at the swimming World Championships, 18-year old Missy Franklin entered into some elite company. Franklin joined Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto to become the fifth swimmer to win six gold […]

WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings talks about being “Created For Greatness”

posted by Chad Bonham

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings knows a little something about greatness. She was an All-American at the University of Tennessee and part of an NCAA championship under the guidance of legendary head coach Pat Summitt. Catchings has also won three […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (1-10)

posted by Chad Bonham

And now we continue with the final installment of the Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012. Today we focus on the Top 10 (in reverse order): #10 Calvin Johnson breaks NFL single-season receiving record They call Calvin Johnson […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (11-20)

posted by Chad Bonham

Today, we continue with more from the Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 featuring numbers 11-20 (in reverse order): #20 Allyson Felix wins three gold medals at London Olympics American sprinter Allyson Felix has been a golden girl at virtually […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (#21-30)

posted by Chad Bonham

Another year has passed and the sports world has provided us with yet more intriguing stories. In 2012, we’ve seen everything from record-breaking moments and Olympic memories to breakout performances and surprising free agency moves. Over the next three days, […]

The 2012 Inspiring Athletes Summer Olympics Review

posted by Chad Bonham

In what will likely go down in broadcasting history as the most watched Olympics of all-time, the 2012 London Games offered all of the drama, disappointment and downright awe-inspiring moments that we’ve come to expect. Here are just a few […]

Tamika Catchings, U.S. women go undefeated to take Olympic basketball gold

posted by Chad Bonham

With so much attention going to the U.S. men’s basketball team, it was almost a little too easy to overlook the dominance displayed by the American women. Team USA put any doubts to rest with an 86-50 victory over France […]

David Boudia shocks the diving world with Olympic gold medal in 10-meter platform

posted by Chad Bonham

David Boudia shocked the diving community with an Olympic gold medal performance in the 10-meter platform event. His score of 568.65 was good enough for U.S. Diving’s first Olympic gold since Greg Louganis won his second consecutive title at the […]

Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney and US women’s soccer team capture Olympic gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney were among the women’s soccer players from 2008 to capture Olympic gold once again. After narrowly defeating Canada in double overtime (4-3), the Americans shot out to a 2-0 lead and staved off a scurried […]

Allyson Felix leads dominant USA track and field team with 200-meter gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Wednesday was a watershed day for the U.S. Track and Field team. In four medal events, the Americans won seven of the possible 12 medals including three golds. Team USA was led by Allyson Felix who overpowered the competition in […]

U.S. Olympian Dawn Harper takes silver in spectacular 100-meter hurdles final

posted by Chad Bonham

Dawn Harper shocked the world with a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Still, she entered the 2012 Games with minimal hype for a defending champion. Much of the attention in the U.S., was still […]

Missy Franklin closes out inaugural Olympic experience with medley relay gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Missy Franklin closed out her stellar Olympic debut by swimming the backstroke leg for Team USA’s world-record gold-medal performance (3:52.05) in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Franklin was joined on the podium by teammates Allison Schmitt (freestyle), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke) and […]

Kendrick Farris posts second career top 10 finish in Olympic weightlifting competition

posted by Chad Bonham

Kendrick Farris didn’t score quite high enough to earn a spot on the medal podium, but that didn’t stop the Shreveport, La., weightlifter from enjoying his second career top 10 finish at the Olympics. In Bejing, Farris placed seventh. In […]

Missy Franklin wins Olympic swimming gold in 100-meter backstroke

posted by Chad Bonham

Competing in the second of her seven total events, 17-year old swimming phenom Missy Franklin lived up to the hype with a gold medal performance in the 100-meter backstroke (breaking her own American record). She had already collected a bronze […]

David Boudia collects Olympic diving bronze in 10m Platform Synchro event

posted by Chad Bonham

In his first of two events, David Boudia joined teammate Nick McCrory for a late comeback to earn bronze in the 10 meter platform synchro event. It was Boudia’s first career Olympic medal after coming home from Beijing empty handed […]

Brady Ellison leads USA Archery to Olympic team silver

posted by Chad Bonham

In one of the early surprises at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Brady Ellison and his USA Archery teammates to a silver medal performance in the Team event. The big shock came in the semifinals when the Americans knocked off gold […]

The Inspiring Athletes 2012 Summer Olympics Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

If you’re an Olympics junkie like me, you’ll probably be spending the next 17 days (July 27 – August 12) watching wall-to-wall coverage from London on NBC and its various affiliate cable outlets. And while there’s plenty of opportunity to […]

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team opens with 4-2 victory against France

posted by Chad Bonham

The Opening Ceremonies aren’t until Friday, but women’s soccer got started today at the Summer Olympics. In Glasgow, Scotland, the U.S. Women’s Team kicked off its defense of the 2008 gold medal with a 4-2 victory against France. The Americans […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ruth Riley

posted by Chad Bonham

Ruth Riley won’t be a member of the U.S. Women’s Basketball Team at the Olympics in London this year, but watching some of her close friends and former teammates (i.e. Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diane Taurasi) from […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller

posted by Chad Bonham

She was the de facto leader of the “Magnificent Seven,” the 1996 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team that won the first gold medal in the Team Competition. And with a combined 21 medals from the Olympics, World Championships and Pan […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson

posted by Chad Bonham

Heading into the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Dave Johnson had a plan. After finishing ninth at the 1988 Games in Seoul, the decathlete continued to move up the ranks and was considered the odds on favorite to win gold. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay

posted by Chad Bonham

Until 2008, only five American men had won the Olympic gold medal in the iconic decathlon event: Jim Thorpe (1912), Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952), Rafer Johnson (1960), Bruce Jenner (1976) and Dan O’Brien (1996). That all changed four years […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia

posted by Chad Bonham

David Boudia (pronounced boh-DIE-uh) qualified for his first international diving competition at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. But at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Boudia failed to win a medal in both the individual and synchro […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper

posted by Chad Bonham

Growing up in a rough East Saint Louis neighborhood, Dawn Harper knows something about overcoming the odds. But her natural leaping ability and speed put her on the proverbial fast track to follow in the footsteps of another hometown hero—Jackie […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Jonathan Horton

posted by Chad Bonham

For the past 10 years, Jonathan Horton has been a steady force within the international gymnastics community. Horton has collected seven gold medals at the U.S. National Championships, three gold medals at the World Cup and he brought home a […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Lauren Cheney

posted by Chad Bonham

Lauren Cheney has experienced the indescribable high of 2008 Olympic gold, the devastating low of falling short at the 2011 World Cup and everything in between. That wide range of emotion has both tested and strengthened her relationship with God. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Jesse Williams

posted by Chad Bonham

In 1984, Jesse Williams went to his first Summer Games. It was a memorable moment for many aspiring American athletes who were able to watch the world’s greatest competitors go head-to-head in their proverbial backyard. Forgive Williams if he doesn’t […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Brittany Viola

posted by Chad Bonham

Brittany Viola narrowly missed the Olympic diving team in 2004 and has been fighting to get to the Games ever since. Earlier today, the two-time NCAA champion from the University of Miami dominated the competition and punched her ticket to […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison

posted by Chad Bonham

To the average onlooker, archery might seem to be one of the most tedious if not strenuous sports at the Summer Olympics. But to Arizona native Brady Ellison, pulling back the string and aiming at a target roughly 75 yards […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tamika Catchings

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s no wonder that Tamika Catchings is one of the WNBA’s most popular players. She’s accessible to the fans, she’s active in the community, she plays with as much heart as any athlete to ever step foot on the court, […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Kendrick Farris

posted by Chad Bonham

Like most Olympians, Kendrick Farris had an epiphany—that moment in time when it all clicks and dreams come into crystal clear focus. But for Farris, it wasn’t while training in the gym, lifting in a competition or getting a pep […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin

posted by Chad Bonham

Words like “prodigy” and “phenom” get thrown around a lot when discussing young athletes, but in Missy Franklin’s case, those descriptive monikers can be legitimately used. Franklin started swimming at the age of five and by the age of 16 […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper

posted by Chad Bonham

It might not sound like much fun to the average non-athlete type out there, but for the tri-athlete, a mile-long swim in choppy waters, a 25-mile bike ride along a hilly path and a six-mile run on worn out legs […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tobin Heath

posted by Chad Bonham

She may not have the historical name recognition of Mia Hamm or the star du jour status of Abby Wambach, but ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that Tobin Heath is a significant contributor to the U.S. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall

posted by Chad Bonham

When Ryan Hall travels to London this summer, he’ll be making his second appearance at the Olympic Games. This time, however, he’ll be doing so with four valuable years of experience as a rising star within the long distance running […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Kevin Durant

posted by Chad Bonham

Kevin Durant isn’t looking ahead to the 2012 Summer Games in London. He’s a little busy right now leading the Oklahoma City Thunder through the NBA Playoffs. But in a matter of weeks, the NBA scoring champ will be getting […]

Olympians share faith in upcoming Inspiring Athletes series

posted by Chad Bonham

Starting next Tuesday (May 29th), Inspiring Athletes will launch a 20-part series that will feature 16 Olympic hopefuls, three Olympic legends and a special 2012 Summer Olympics preview. This special series will lead up to the London Games that kicks […]

Olympic athletes featured in new book Glory of the Games

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Ask just about any elite athlete what it takes to reach the highest level of competition and you’ll probably hear words such as “determination,” “endurance,” “focus,” “passion,” “patience” and “self-discipline.” But in […]

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scores 500th career goal

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career goal Saturday night in a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild. Iginla is just the 42nd NHL player to reach this milestone and […]

A conversation with U.S. women’s soccer team member Tobin Heath

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! She may not have the historical name recognition of Mia Hamm or the star du jour status of Abby Wambach, but ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that Tobin […]

A conversation with Canadian Olympic bobsledder Lyndon Rush

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just over two years from now, but that doesn’t mean much to the serious group of athletes that already have the goal of reaching […]

NBA All-Star Dwight Howard talks about family, faith and destiny

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was just over five years ago when I had the opportunity to interview NBA superstar Dwight Howard. At that point, he was in his third season after going straight to the […]

Inspiring Athletes celebrates 100th post with a special “Writer’s Block” edition

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! WRITER’S BLOCK: The Best of Inspiring Athletes (So Far) I’m sort of an old-school writer trying to survive in the age of social media and fluid technological advancement. The social media thing […]

A conversation with WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist DeLisha Milton-Jones

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Known for her 84-inch wingspan (normally that of a seven-footer, not someone who is 6-1), DeLisha Milton-Jones uses her disarming personality and her anatomical aberration to its full advantage. She has won […]

A video interview with WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings

posted by Chad Bonham

A few weeks ago I posted an interview with WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. Since then, I’ve had the chance to sit down with Catchings in person and I was able to capture that conversation on […]

Inspiring Athletes presents a super summer giveaway from Sports Spectrum!

posted by Chad Bonham

Inspiring Athletes is going to begin a series of giveaways and to kick things off, we’ve partnered with Sports Spectrum magazine to give away some great prizes. We will randomly select five of our readers to receive a one-year subscription […]

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