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LDS Olympians Share Behind-the Scenes Look at Rio Olympics

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and multiple members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are participating in behalf of multiple countries. We’ve gathered some of their best posts from social media to get you some fun insights into the games.


One of the special moments from last night! Team USA united as one!

A video posted by Taylor Sander (@taylorsander15) on

Taylor Sander, former BYU student, is from the United States and is competing in Rio as part of the Men’s National Volleyball team. This is a fun video he shared before the United States walked out during the Parade of Nations in the Opening Ceremony.


Caption this ??? #LastLeg #SaoPaoloStopOver #struggleisreal ??✈️????

A photo posted by Valerie Adams (@valerieadams84) on

Valerie Adams represents New Zealand in shot put. Adams has won two other gold medals and this is her fourth Olympic appearance. This photo shows her on the airplane heading to Rio.


This fun departure series was posted by Jared Ward of the United States. Ward will be running in the men’s marathon on August 21.

TokoBoso! KapaPuluSquad holdin it down! #USA?? #rio2016 #OlympicCeremony

A photo posted by Kisi Keomaka Unufe (@makaunufe) on

Maka Unufe, far left, will be representing the United States in rugby. Unufe formerly played football and rugby at Provo High School in Provo, Utah.


Went to church today. #christtheredeemer #olympics

A photo posted by John Nunn (@johnnunn78) on

Christ the Redeemer is a beloved landmark in Brazil. John Nunn had to visit! Nunn served an LDS mission in Las Vegs, a Staff-Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and will be competing for the United States in race walking.





This view from the Olympic Village where the athletes stay is provided by LDS member and the U.S. track and field team’s head athletic trainer Dustin Williams.


My nail game is almost as strong as me. Looking forward to getting my Olympic ring!

A photo posted by Sarah Robles (@roblympian) on

Sarah Robles of the United States is hoping to win her first Olympic medal in weightlifting. She will be participating in the 75+ kilogram division in Rio.

Mykayla Skinner, an alternate on the United States Women’s Gymnastics team, posted these fun photos with some of the players on the men’s USA basketball team.


Jason Smyth, who will be competing for Ireland in the Paralympics, shared his thoughts as he prepares to head to Rio.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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