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Olympic gold medalist south Ga. connection

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

August 17, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many of you have spent the past week glued to the television screen as the United States fights for Gold at the 2008 Olympics.

Some South Georgians had extra reason to stay tuned.

American Vincent Hancock won the Gold medal in the men's skeet shooting competition on Saturday.

Hancock is a U.S. Soldier and has ties to Lee County.

19-year-old Vincent Hancock won a gold medal in the Olympic Skeet competition.

And the Gold medalist has a South Georgia Connection, John and Cecilia Young are his in-laws and live in Lee County.

"He's very quiet very unassuming, very shy," said Cecilia Young, Hancock's mother-in-law.

Hancock married the couple's daughter earlier this year.

They met at a shooting match.

"Vincent was there just practicing and talking to the army marksman coach and that's where he met Rebekah," John Young, Hancock's father-in-law.

"Rebekah knew who he was so she went out to start practicing to get ready for her match and Vincent just saw here and he just followed her around for the rest of the day, so I called him and I said we just met Vincent Hancock I think he's smitten," said Cecilia Young.

The couple now resides in Columbus, where Vincent is a member of the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning.

"If feels really good to know that I'm doing the soldiers that are fighting overseas, that are just in the military in general, I'm doing my job for what they've assigned me to, this is my mission I've succeeded," said Vincent Hancock.

And no one doubted the stand-out shouter would come home without the gold.

Hancock made the cover of a popular shooting magazine at a young age.

"He had won athlete of the year in 2005 and we never met him but we knew that he was a rising star I guess you would say," said John Young.

Staying up most of the night to watch the competition online, the couple and their daughter could not be prouder.

"She called us after Vinney had won, she called us at 5 O'Clock this morning and she was so excited," said Cecilia Young.

Hancock who dreamed of going to the Olympics at a young age, went, and won Gold.

Vincent Hancock is from Eatonton Georgia, he and his family are expect to return home early next week.

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