1. Abbey D’Agostino, 24, Team USA Track & Field
During Abbey D’Agostino’s first Olympic run in the 5000m race, she managed to tear her ACL, meniscus and strain her MCL. While she missed out on winning a medal, God had bigger plans for an injured D’Agostino who helped her fallen competitor, New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin, finish the race after the pair got tangled in the race.
“The only way I can and have rationalized it is that God prepared my heart to respond that way,” said D’Agostino. “This whole time here, he’s made clear to me that my experience in Rio was going to be about more than my race performance — and as soon as Nikki got up I knew that was it.”
D’Agostino’s valiant effort resulted in her receiving a “Fair Play Award” from The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the International Olympic Committee.
The Massachusetts native is a graduate of Dartmouth college, where she made her faith a priority
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