Olympic Athlete Runs for Gold to Honor God

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HAMPTON, Va. -- With wings on her feet and Christ in her heart, Francena McCorory ran her way to gold in the 2012 Olympics in London.

She and three other American sprinters easily won the 4x400-meter relay Saturday.

The win extended the U.S. Olympic winning streak in this event to five straight, dating to 1996.

Before McCorory left for the Olympics, the 23-year-old graduate of Hampton University told CBN News she wants to win for Jesus Christ.

"It's a tough race, but if you have faith in God and faith in yourself and just faith in your training and what you've been working towards, it can be fun," McCorory told CBN News. "It's all about your mindset."

McCorory is definitely focused. She puts in the work on the track and in the weight room. That training paid off in June, when she placed third at the U.S. Olympic trials to earn a spot on Team U.S.A.

"It was just great to see my dream unfold before my eyes," she recalled.

McCorory already has one gold medal on her resume. She anchored Team U.S.A. to victory in the 4 x 400-meter relay at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea.

"I can't even describe the feeling. Last year, at World Championships I got the opportunity, and it was so much emotion," McCorory said. "At first I thought, 'I'm just going to stand up here and get a medal,' but you just feel so proud to see them raise your flag the highest."

Still, there's something special about an Olympic gold medal. She said hearing the U.S. national anthem at the London Olympics would be a dream come true.

But ultimately, McCorory wanted to win for Jesus Christ.

"I tell my friends and family all the time, 'Jesus is the one who gave me this ability,'" the young athlete explained.

"I can't get out here and run on the track by myself. It's all Him," she said. "He blessed me with this talent, and I just want to use it to glorify Him."

McCorory added that no matter how fast she runs, it's important to not get ahead of God. She said she makes sure He is leading the way on and off the track.

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