Sydney McLaughlin will emerge from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan as arguably the United States’ biggest track and field star.
The 21-year-old New Jersey native won the gold medal in the women’s 400m hurdles late on Tuesday evening, beating rival sprinter Dalilah Muhammad to the finish line.
McLaughlin, who previously set the world record at the United States Olympic trials, is a rising star both on and off the track.
Sports business insider Darren Rovell believes McLaughlin will become the most marketable Olympian in the world moving forward. He’s probably not wrong. McLaughlin is approaching 1 million followers on Instagram.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 4, 2021
McLaughlin keeps most of her off-the-track life private, though she has shared some photos of her boyfriend.
The United States track and field star is dating former NFL player. McLaughlin went public with former Carolina Panthers wide-receiver Andre Levrone in 2020.
McLaughlin and Levrone have shared several photos of their relationship on social media.
McLaughlin should become one of the biggest stars in the sports world moving forward. She’ll compete for another gold medal in the 2024 Olympics.
McLaughlin likes to keep things simple when she’s competing, though.
“A lot of that is outside things I can’t control and I just tried to minimize it,” McLaughlin said at the Summer Olympics. “I stayed off social media, stayed in my room, talked to friends and family and stuck to what I knew.”
That certainly seemed to work for her this time.