Sydney Michelle McLaughlin is a hurdler, sprinter and 2020 Olympic gold medalist who competed for the University of Kentucky for one year before turning professional in 2018. She set the world record in the women's 400 meters hurdles with a time of 51.46 seconds, set on August 4, 2021, at the Tokyo Olympics in the final run. She was the first woman to break 52 seconds in the event when she set the world record of 51.90 at the 2020 USA Olympic trials.
She won the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 m hurdles and subsequently won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, beating the reigning gold medalist, teammate Dalilah Muhammad, who finished second. McLaughlin won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in the 400 m hurdles. She placed third in the 400 m hurdles at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and was the youngest athlete to qualify for the U.S. track and field team for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she finished 16th overall.
Finding Purpose Through Faith
Sydney McLaughlin’s faith is a foundational aspect of everything she does and how she defines herself. In this talk, she shares her faith journey, and how God established her steps which helped her achieve the success she's had today. She shares her personal story as a beautiful representation of what is possible with God.
Overcoming Obstacles to Make Your Dreams Come True
Sydney McLaughlin inspires every audience with empowering and inspiring messages on overcoming obstacles, learning and evolving from your mistakes, and staying open to new experiences. McLaughlin helps us see that our dreams are possible with hard work, perseverance and determined pursuit.
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