For Tasha Danvers of Great Britain, winning the bronze medal in the women's 400 meter hurdles meant more than just placing third in the world.
Four years ago, she was faced with a decision either to compete for a medal or abort her child. At the time, she was ranked the sixth best hurdler in the world.
The Baptist Press reports that in early 2004, Danvers was favored to medal in Athens summer games, but then found out she was pregnant.
Danvers says she faced pressure from some within the track and field community to abort the baby. She even was told that having a child would destroy her dreams of winning an Olympic medal.
Danvers later acknowledged that she and her husband Darrell, who's also her coach, had considered an abortion in order to keep her chance at winning a medal.
But Danvers said she couldn't get the scripture from Mark 8:36 out of her mind: "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"
"For me, the whole world was the Olympics," Danvers told the London Telegraph in May 2004. "At the same time, I felt I would be losing my soul."
That New Testament verse convinced her to choose her baby over the Olympics.
Four years later, she has both her 3-year-old son Jaden and an Olympic medal. Danvers placed third in the 400 meter hurdles final race with a personal best time of 53.84 seconds. Jamaican runner Melanie Walker won took the gold, while American Sheena Tosta took home the silver.
After winning her bronze medal Danvers told The Times of London that the next generation should understand that they should never give up.
"Everything doesn't come up roses all the time," she said. "That's the nature of this athletics game."
Sources: LifeNews.com, The Baptist Press, London Telegraph, The Times of London