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SS PODCAST: Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin on her faith journey, living for Christ

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING SYDNEY MCLAUGHLIN

Sydney McLaughlin is a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning track and field athlete. At the Tokyo Olympics this past summer, she set a world record time of 51:46 seconds in the women’s 400-meter hurdles to win gold. She also was a member of the U.S. women’s 4x400m relay team that captured gold.

Tokyo marked her second Olympics, as she also qualified for the 2016 Rio Games before her senior year of high school, becoming the youngest athlete to make the American Olympic track and field team since 1980. At the age of 17, McLaughlin was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was deemed as “one of the most dominant high school athletes ever.” She was named the Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Her father, Willie, was a semifinalist in the 400m at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials, and her mom, Mary, was also a high school runner.

On this episode of the podcast, we talked to McLaughlin about winning Olympic gold, getting engaged to her fiancé Andre, how her journey of faith has evolved, and why she wants to live only for the approval of Christ.

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