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Willie Mclaughlin is one of the proudest fathers on the earth who raised a champion daughter, Sydney Michelle McLaughlin, an American girl who rules the world of Tokyo Olympics 2020 by creating a world record in women’s 400 hundred meters hurdles.
She has been the youngest American athlete since 1982. Everybody knows the success story of Sydney Michelle McLaughlin, but today, we are discussing the life of her father, Willie Mclaughlin, who supported and nurtured this young talent.
Early Life & Education
Willie McLaughlin was born on February 13, 1963, but people don’t know about his parents. Both parents are black, so he is also a proud black American. He went to East Orange High School, East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, United States.
He also has a passion for running, and he started participating in high school running competitions and represented his schools in competitions.
After finishing high school, he moved to New York, joined Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York, United States, and graduated.
Willie McLaughlin’s Wife
Willie McLaughlin’s Wife, Mary McLaughlin is a white American. She went to Cardinal O’Hara High School at an early age, and like her husband, Willie Mclaughlin, she also loved running, but there were only men running the team in the school, so she joined the team.
According to Mary,
O’Hara didn’t have a girls team when I was there, Mary says. 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.
Mary said that she didn’t face any difficulty from any of her team members and proudly said that her joining of the team also helped his brother to become part of the men’s team in the school.
However, when she came to Manhattan College, there was no women’s team, so eventually, she became the manager of the men’s team.
Marriage & Family
Willie McLaughlin met the love of his life at Manhattan College, where he was in the men’s team managed by his wife, Mary McLaughlin. Both fall in love, and now they are happily married with four children.
Willie chose his passion as his professional career, becoming a professional athlete. In 1984 Willie became a semi-finalist in the 400 meters at the Olympic Trials.
Willie McLaughlin Children
Willie McLaughlin and his wife, Mary McLaughlin, have four children, three beautiful sons, and two daughters. His sons’ names are Ryan and Taylor, and his daughters’ names are Morgan and Sydney. All their children are runners, so they are a proud athletic family.
Being a semi-finalist in the 400 meters at the Olympic Trials, all of Willie McLaughlin’s children were trained as runners during their high school years.
His older son, Taylor McLaughlin, and daughter, Sydney McLaughlin, were the most celebrated among them. In 2016, at the IAAF World U20 Championships, Taylor won a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles race.
Willie McLaughlin’s youngest daughter, Sydney McLaughlin, was born in New Jersey on August 7, 1999, and is now a top athlete worldwide. She won the gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which made her father and Americans proud.
She currently holds the world record in the women’s 400 meters hurdles race, which she achieved at the final race of the Tokyo Olympics.
It might surprise you to learn that Sydney McLaughlin was the first woman in the world to break the 52-second barrier in this event at the 2020 USA Olympic trials.
In addition to this achievement, she holds several other world records in various international tournaments.
Willie McLaughlin was born with a genetic heart problem called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but he never gave on to his dreams and finally became an athlete. His disease started getting worse when he started to age, and his doctors started different tests and medications on him.
Due to some severe reaction to medicines, his heart stopped pumping blood, and doctors added him to the heart transplant list.
In February 2021, he finally received a new heart and started his life, but due to his medical condition, he had to stay home during the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and cheered and prayed for her daughter’s success.
For him, it was stressful because it was her daughter’s most important event in her life, and he couldn’t do anything. His utmost desire was to go to Tokyo to support his daughter.
During one interview, he said,
Initially, it was challenging for the kids, Willie McLaughlin said. The waiting for the heart is a little stressful, but after the transplant, my wife sent videos of me walking around the hospital the very next day. And they were like, ‘Oh. He’ll be okay.’ They quickly got me in and out, and before you know it, I was driving again, mowing the lawn, everything.” and further added, “The only thing I can’t do is go to Tokyo,
Willie Mclaughlin’s Net Worth
He didn’t share the figures of his net worth with the public, so we don’t know about it, but according to some reports, her daughter has an amount of 3 million dollars.