Track and Field Olympians Hold First Bible Study

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Produced in partnership with Athletes in Action.

Amid the spotlight and pressure of the Olympics are several athletes turning to God and prayer for continued strength.

CBN News teamed up with Athletes in Action to ask the U.S. track and field competitors about their faith, and the pressure of being at their sport's highest level.

Team U.S.A. high jumper Brigetta Barrett said it was refreshing to be able to hold a Bible study with her fellow Olympians.

"Last night we had track's first official Bible study which was really cool, hosted by DeeDee Trotter," she said. "It's really comforting and encouraging to know that other athletes on my team, that represent the U.S.A. all represent Christ, so I have brothers and sisters in spirit."

Click play or read below for more comments from Barrett and other Christian athletes competing in the London Olympics.

Brigetta Barrett, Team U.S.A. High Jump Competitor

"At Olympic trials this year I experienced a pressure that I had never experienced before and it was the pressure to jump high. I know I have my own self made pressure to perform because I know I work really hard to do well in my sport. But that was the first time that I ever experienced the pressure that you feel when you know that other people expect you to jump high, and so I don't think I handled it completely well at first. But remembering that no matter what other people's expectations are, that God's gonna love me no matter what happens, and that love is unconditional, I don't have to worry about this conditional love that some people may give me based upon whether I do jump high or don't jump high. So I would say... that gave me the best source of peace that I could have ever asked for."

Khedevis Robinson, Team U.S.A. 800-meter Competitor

"I always say, when I finish being a world class athlete, I want to be a world class father, a world class husband, and above all I want to be a world class human being. If we look at the messages that the Bible's given us it will help us develop our purpose and live our purpose."

Jesse Williams, Team U.S.A. High Jump Competitor

"When I sprained my ankle before the trials, it was in God's hands. And I just jumped to the best of my ability, and I was sitting in a place that was shaky ground. There [were] a couple of jumpers that had a chance just to knock me off the Olympic team, and I just put it in God's hands, and I knew He had a plan for me. It would have been really tough for me not to make the Olympic team, but here I am in London right now speaking about my goals and how I'm gonna do, so it was in His plans for me to be here, and that's all you can really do."

Jeff Porter, Team U.S.A. 110-meter Hurdles Competitor

"I don't really focus on the pressure that much because I know that my audience is not, it's for the world, but more or less its for the God who gave me the talent. So I don't worry about the pressure so much. I just relax a little bit and just enjoy the moment, enjoy the experience, because I don't want to get too caught up in doing any one thing."

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Caitlin Burke

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