Despite winning gold in skeet shooting in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Hancock had lost his love for the sport. After a horrible World Cup competition in Slovenia — his worst finish ever — he called his wife Rebekah to tell her he wanted to quit.
“No, don’t do that,” Rebekah told him. “Just get home. Let’s talk about it. Let’s pray about it.”
Hancock followed his wife’s counsel. They talked through the challenges he was facing. They began praying together every night. A few months later, Hancock started to see some improvement in his shooting.
“For the first time in years, I was having fun again,” Hancock said. “I attributed that to God just working through me and opening up my mind and saying, ‘You know what? You have an opportunity to do something great here, and it’s not just about winning medals.”
That transformation in Hancock’s life resulted in a renewed perspective on his sport that he still carries with him. Hancock repeated as a gold medalist in London in 2012, becoming the first Olympic skeet shooter ever to accomplish that feat. This year in Rio, he’s chasing his third straight gold medal. He will begin his competition with the qualifying round on Friday.
But despite his success, Hancock admits that gold medals are not the reason he keeps competing.
“It’s for me to have a platform to introduce people to Christ, to show people what He’s capable of in us and to set an example,” Hancock said.
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