HALTOM CITY -- Being able to compete in the Olympics is most athletes' dream, but this year's games in Rio are quickly becoming the stuff of nightmares. From issues of water pollution, delays in construction of key venues, and political unrest, the Olympics have received more coverage for negatives than positives. But nothing has received more attention than the topic of Zika.
The latest person to be scared away from Rio is Dallas native Jordan Spieth. Spieth is now one of at least 15 golfers who've decided to skip the Olympics.
But as some are looking to avoid Rio at all costs, others can't wait to hop on their magic carpet to have their wishes granted.
Meet 9-year-old Kenya Delgado from Haltom City. She and her friend, 11-year-old April Borjas, have been selected to travel to Rio to check out the Olympic Games in person, thanks to the Ronald McDonaldHouse charities. That's where the girls bonded while their siblings were receiving serious medical treatment. “We met at the school and became good friends and every Friday there's Bingo and we won matching shirts together,” says Kenya of April.
And even though April wasn't able to be there in person for the great news, she was only a phone call away to let Kenya know she'd be going on the trip with her.
We wish these young travelers luck as they journey to Rio to cheer team USA on to gold, all thanks to the Golden Arches.