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Sydney McLaughlin is an American sprinter; 400 meters hurdle races are her specialty. There’s a proverb like father like son, but in this case, it’s like parents like children.
Sydney McLaughlin is an award for the Runner Parents Mary Neumeister McLaughlin and Willie McLaughlin. Well, Mary and Willie are the passionate parents of Sydney McLaughlin, the Runner. It seems that she has inherited running and hurdling from her parents.
Daughter of Mary, Sydney was awarded the 2020 Tokyo 7 Olympic championship. She has a world record of 50.68 seconds and is the 2022 World Champion. Counting her awards is like counting stars in the sky.
Sydney has been a running cheetah ever since she sowed the running seed. The McLaughlin’s are said to be a family of runners. It seems like the blood in McLaughlin’s veins also runs through the hurdles.
As mentioned above the famous runner is the daughter of two magnificent runners, Mary Mclaughlin and Willie McLaughlin. Sydney’s father is a semi-finalist in the 400 meters at the 1984 Olympic Trials.
Her mother, Mary, was also a runner at Cardinal O’Hara High School, where she ran the half-mile in just 2:12. She used to run in the boys’ team, as there were no teams for girls.
Early Life Of The Runner Mom
As by Redounds, the runner girl Sydney’s runner mom is from an Irish Family. Mary was born and raised in Dunellen, New Jersey, just like her husband.
Mary studied at union Catholic regional high school and was trained by Calvin H Walker. He used to train the boys’ team, but Mary’s passion forced him to train the little runner.
Mary and her husband emigrated to Australia with their children when Sydney was only a little baby of two years. The couple, Mary and Willie, are both of mixed ethnicity, and they also share the same nationality, Irish and Australian.
Mother Mary was good at her academics and used to excel in her studies. She wanted to become a professional runner and to be known internationally by running for her country. But she could not do so due to a lack of opportunities for female runners.
Let us explore how she pursued her passion for running as her profession.
Her Passion Became Her Profession
Mary was so obsessed with her passion that she decided to wood the fire by running in the boy’s team because there was no team for girls at that time neither at the grassroots nor international levels.
Mary said about her passion,
O’Hara didn’t have a girls team when I was there. I was doing summer track before I ever got to O’Hara, so it was just a natural thing for me to run on the boys team. I think the year before I got there, there were a couple of girls on the team, so I wasn’t the first.
So she decided to stick by the field and became the boys’ sports team manager. Runner Mary likes to be around such youthful learners who are determined and serious about their sports.
She couldn’t follow her dreams, so she decided to help others achieve theirs because their goals were the same as hers.
Her Family – The Athletes
Mary was a young athlete who loved and dated an athlete, Willie, and together, they gave the world more athletes.
Mary was a young runner when she met her husband, Willie McLaughlin. They met when they were still students at Manhattan College.
Some people fell in love because of their similarities, and others due to their differences. They are among the former ones who share the same spark and the same goal.
Willie McLaughlin was born on 13th February 1963. He studied at Orange High School, East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The man has been running since high school. His goal was to be an athlete, and he achieved it.
The young runners’ Mary and Willie dated a couple of years and then got married. At that time, Willie was also a runner on the field and a semi-finalist in the 400 meters Olympic Trials in 1984.
Playing sports increases the physical age of a person. Running is what kept Wilies’ heart alive, as it is the best exercise for cardiac patients.
Running helped Willie increase his strength and health. He was heart patient but still never gave up on his dream. His heart suddenly stopped pumping blood, due to which he had to transplant a new heart.
And in February 2021, he received a new heart but had to stay home due to medical issues. Therefore, daddy could not cherish her daughter Sydney in Tokyo Olympics 2022.
Young McLaughlin – Young Runners
Normal babies learn crawling and then walking, but McLaughlins have mastered running after crawling.
The couple’s eldest daughter Morgan McLaughlin born on 5th May 1994. She ran track at Union Catholic and then at St Peter’s University.
Morgan then changed her field and began studying art at Middlesex college. Currently, she is a recreational assistant at Parker life org.
The elder son Taylor is a mechanical engineer and majors in robotics research. He has recently won a gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The boy has also won a number of awards; he competed in the 2016 IAAF World under-20 Championship and won a silver medal in 400-meters hurdles.
Then, Sydney 22 years old, was inspired by her older siblings and followed their family tradition. She is, above all, her family runner. She has received a number of medals, silver, and gold, for her performances in the world championship 2019, which was in Doha, then in the 4X400 meter relay, later on in 400-meter hurdles, and many more.
Their youngest son Ryan McLaughlin was born in 2001 in New Jersey. The little guy also followed his sibling’s and parent’s footsteps and competed in the 110 meters hurdles in the 2019 Union Country Track and Field Championship.
Boy Ryan also took part in several other races with 4×400 meters relay and 400 meters hurdles. All their kids are of mixed ethnicity and are biracial.
Her Daughter – Engaged or Married?
After discussing too much sports, let’s head on to the little girl’s love life. Her daughter Sydney McLaughlin is married to Andre Levrone Jr. The groom is a former NFL player.
The young couple first announced their engagement on 25th August 2021 at Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale. Like fast running, the couple got married fastly on 25th May 2022.
We’ve been waiting for this day for a very long time, so just excited that it’s finally here and we can say we’re married
The couple initially hid the spark and finally officially announced how impatient they were to marry.
The Net Worth of The McLaughlins
The family is very passionate and hardworking. Mary McLaughlin’s net worth is estimated to be about $ 3 million. Her fortune is that she is doing what she wants.
The family had recently faced their father’s health crisis, but now he is doing well. It’s not necessary to own millions of assets, but what’s important is to get what you want.
People think it is a piece of cake to achieve what you want. But No! years of struggle are required, just like Mary, who dreams of becoming an athlete but could not do so due to a lack of opportunities for women.
She made her children fulfill their dreams. Momy Mary never forced them to become runners as it was all natural. Her children were such good friends with the running track that they could not resist being attracted to it.