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By Maggie Masla | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 13, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News)
Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, and Anabelle Smith are some names you might hear on television if you are watching the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this year.
These Olympians have all won medals in the 2016 games, but they are also united by another common factor: their Catholic education.
Sacred Heart Schools, founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, boasts of a network of over 145 Catholic schools across the globe that have been teaching for over two hundred years. These schools are also responsible for producing nine Olympic athletes who are competing at Rio this year.
"Our athletes recognize that their gifts comes from God and are not to be wasted," the school's communications director Donna Heckler told CNA.
"They are taught to take personal responsibility for themselves while being self-disciplined in their efforts," she said.
After the first two days of competition, the Sacred Heart Olympians won four medals in Rio. Their alumnae are from four different countries, and include Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, Anabelle Smith, KK Clark, Mary Joe Fenandez, Gaby Lopez, Gabi Nance, Erin Rafuse, and Denise Sheldon.
So, what's their secret to producing all-stars?