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Olympian Skeet Shooter: God Made Me Faithful

Vincent Hancock was chasing gold as his wife quietly encouraged him to trust God for his success. His performance in competitions declined, and then his wife's words finally sank in. Read Transcript


[MUSIC PLAYING]

VINCENT HANCOCK: I do feel like God is there saying,

this is what you're meant to do.

This is your passion.

I put it in you for a reason.

That's why I say I won the only gold medal that counts.

I'm Vincent Hancock, and God made me faithful.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

NARRATOR: Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world

champion Vincent Hancock knew at 10 years old

that the sport of skeet fueled a passion inside him.

It's much like golf with the mentality

that you have to have.

It's a pre-shot routine you have to execute

perfectly every single time.

And I've competed in hurricanes, I've competed in blizzards,

and you have to be able to perform perfectly every time.

So to me, there is no greater challenge

than trying to beat yourself every time.

NARRATOR: 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.

Pull.

I've worked hard for years and years and years

to be able to get to that point.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

NARRATOR: In 2008, while in training for the Beijing

Olympics, he married Rebecca.

She quietly tried to keep him grounded in Christ.

I was trying to always encourage him

to know that God is in control.

And in any times of worry or in times of need,

hey, God's with us, and God has our back.

I had always thought of myself as being a Christian.

But looking back now, I was anything but.

[GUNSHOTS]

I was focused on the gold, and that was my only thought

process.

I basically drug her along with me.

NARRATOR: Vincent was the world champion,

and favored to win the gold.

He did, and rode the high for a while.

I rode that high.

I won the world championships in 2009 for my second time.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

NARRATOR: 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, where I was competing

the worst I'd ever competed.

I wasn't having fun anymore, and I didn't know what to do.

And 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.

NARRATOR: 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.

And I just prayed for hours that night, and cried for hours.

That night, God started opening up my eyes

and showing me the things that I had done,

and things that I had done wrong.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

So it allowed me to fix things and say, God, you're 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.

Our relationship has blossomed into something

that it's never been before, and it's so, so much better now.

NARRATOR: A year later in London, 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 can continue doing what I'm doing

and still be the person that He needs me to be.

He truly cares about the platform God has given him

only to give it back to God.

For Vincent, it's not about accomplishments.

It's about what God has done through him for God.

NARRATOR: In 2016, to the surprise of many,

Vincent failed to reach the Olympic finals in Rio.

But his faith in God wasn't shaken.

Faithful, to me, means trusting.

And for me, at the beginning of my career,

I trusted only in myself.

And I trusted that I want to go, and 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.

[LAUGHTER]

I trust in Him.

I believe in Him.

I love Him, and I'm am faithful to the aspect of he is my God.

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