U.S Olympian, Sydney McLaughlin, Credits Her Success to Her Christian Faith


On Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics, U.S. athlete Sydney McLaughlin won the heat event of the 400-meter hurdles with a record time of 51.90. Although she didn’t start well, the athlete maintained concentration till she won her race. While commenting on her victory, the 21-year-old appreciated God.

"It's always an adjustment, just mentally, having to refocus and regroup. It’s just one of those things. You can't always control what happens, but mentally you can control how you respond to it.

"I felt immediate excitement and overall gratefulness. I owe it all to God, my family and my team. I'm still in disbelief, but it's truly just faith, trusting the process, and seeing my hard work along with the gift of God being put into action," McLaughlin said.

Her journey into achieving success has come with some challenges. In one of her Instagram posts on May 16, the athlete stated that her support is from the Lord.

"Some days, the friendships and support are through the roof. Others, you wouldn't even know it was there. Especially in a world full of inconsistency, it's such a breath of fresh air to find true stability in Jesus. As humans, we are constantly shifting our efforts toward one another based off emotions and circumstances," she posted.

"The peace of knowing I will always have a friend, always have His support, and always have His LOVE; makes even the loneliest of moments feel full. My soul finds rest in knowing He is not like us. He doesn't change, and He will never leave me. Giving the ability to be completely content, no matter the situation. Simply because, I don't have to face it alone. That. Is. Love," she added.

After her win on Saturday, McLaughlin will contest for the gold medal with other athletes. However the result of the match, McLaughlin said what is more vital is to be a good person of strong faith and integrity.

"I see myself impacting the lives of others by living by example through my actions and kindness. Beyond being a great athlete, I want to be known as a good person of strong faith and integrity," she concluded.

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