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US Olympian Vincent Hancock Wins 3rd Gold; Here's How His Faith in Christ Keeps Him Grounded

Shannon Woodland : Jul 26, 2021  CBN News

"...It allowed me to kind of fix things and say, 'God, you were right ... I've gotten to this point where I know that I want to be successful in my sport, but I have to focus on You and I have to focus on my family first.'" -Vincent Hancock

[CBN News] US Olympian Vincent Hancock won a record-setting third gold medal in men's skeet shooting in Tokyo on Monday. The 32-year-old Georgia resident turned in a near-perfect performance in the final, hitting 59 skeets and missing just one. (Screengrab image)

The Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion knew at 10 years old that the sport of skeet fueled a passion inside him.

"It's much like golf," Vincent told CBN several years ago. "It's a pre-shot routine that you have to execute every single time. And for me and the conditions we have to go out in, I've competed in hurricanes, I've competed in blizzards, rain, sunshine, whatever it is, I've competed in it and you have to perform perfectly every time. So for me, there is no greater challenge of trying to beat yourself every time."

He won his first world championship at 16 and recognized that self-reliance and determination were key to his success.

"If I had my best day, I know that I'm never going to lose because my best day is perfection," he said. "I've worked hard for years and years and years to get to that point."

In 2008, while in training for the Beijing Olympics, he married Rebekah. She quietly tried to keep him grounded in Christ.

She said, "I was always trying to encourage him to know that God is in control and in any time of worry or any times of need that, 'hey, God's with us. And God has our back'."

"I'd always thought of myself as being a Christian, but looking back now, I was anything but," said Vincent. "I was focused on the gold and that was my only thought process. I basically drug her along with me." (Screengrab image)

Vincent was the world champion and favored to win the gold. He did in fact win his first gold medal in those 2008 Olympics and rode the high for a while.

"That was my dream. That was my goal. So I rode that high, I won the world championships in 2009 for my second time," Vincent said.

But in 2010, Vincent only medaled once and began growing irritable and demanding at home.

"And then it kind of all culminated in my worst year and one of our worst years of our relationship as well in 2011," said Vincent. "Where I was competing the worst I'd ever competed, I wasn't having fun anymore, and I didn't know what to do."

Rebekah said, "I was trying to encourage him and tell him, 'just pray, and just ask God and be at that place with God so He can lead you to where He wants you to go'."

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Finally, his wife's words sank in and he took her advice.

"I was frustrated at her, I was frustrated at myself, I was frustrated at God," said Vincent. "I prayed for hours that night and cried for hours. I don't even know how long, it was too long, I know that. But it was apparently long enough, because that night God started opening up my eyes and showing me the things that I had done, the things that I had done wrong, or the things that I had done right in the past, but wasn't doing anymore."

"And so it allowed me to kind of fix things and say, 'God, You were right. I'm so sorry that I've gotten to this point where I know that I want to be successful in my sport, but I have to focus on You and I have to focus on my family first'."

"And our relationship has blossomed into something that it's never been before and it's so, so much better now," said Rebekah.

A year later at the London Olympics, Vincent became the first skeet shooter to ever repeat as an Olympic champion. He credits God for it all—the wins and the change of heart.

"He showed me the person that I wanted to be, but He also showed me that I continue doing what I'm doing and still be the person that He needs me to be," said Vincent.

"He truly cares about the platform God has given him, only to give it back to God," said Rebekah. "It's about what God has done through him for God."

In 2016, to the surprise of many, Vincent failed to reach the Olympic finals in Rio. But his faith in God wasn't shaken.

"At the beginning of my career I trusted only in myself and I trusted that 'I want to win a gold medal.' But to me, God has made me faithful because now I know what faith truly is. It's having a trust in what God has put in my life," said Vincent.

"I trust in Him, I believe in Him, I love Him and I am faithful to Him to the aspect of 'He is my God.'" Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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