Sydney McLaughlin on Overcoming Hurdles

Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, 22, is so fast, she breaks her own records! On Saturday at the U.S. track championships, the New Jersey native broke the world record that she set for the women’s 400-meter hurdles.

Here’s what Team USA has to say about the American track star: “A onetime hurdles prodigy, McLaughlin qualified for her first Olympics in 2016 when she was just 16, and competing just after her 17th birthday she reached the semifinals in Rio. She’s fulfilled her enormous potential and then some in the years since, though she really broke out in 2021 when she broke the world record twice and also won gold medals in the 400 hurdles and 4×400 in Tokyo.”

“My success is just faith, trusting the process and seeing my hard work, along with the gift of God being put into action,” said McLaughlin in a past interview.

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While many fans only see the glory, few people truly know her story.

On overcoming hurdles, McLaughlin says, “They don’t see they struggle, the sweat and the tears. The hours of stressing before a race. It’s hard, but at the same time it’s rewarding,” says McLaughlin.

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Markette Sheppard is an Emmy award-winning TV host, children's book author, marketing executive and founder of Glow Stream TV. Follow her online @markettesheppard and @glowstreamtv.

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