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Tiffany M. Williams, USA Olympic Track and Field

by carmine on January 28, 2013



 

 

By: John Van vilet

Spotlight Athlete Archive

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24.

This is the favorite verse of Olympian hurdler Tiffany Williams, a 15-time All-American, three-time national champion in the 400-meter hurdles, two-time USA Champion and represented the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, being a finalist in the 400-meter hurdles.

Being a hurdler requires strong, precise steps. On the track, Williams has certainly done that as evident with her success. Despite any hardships she has, God guides her steps over the hurdles off of the track in life.

“He never fails,” Williams said of her favorite verse. “My steps are ordered. No matter what things look like I can always fall back on my faith and everything I’ve learned and know that God has my back.”

The support of her family is another source of her support. She and her husband Steven Williams share two daughters, Sa’Mya (8) and Sa’Niya (2).

Williams grew up in church. Her great grandfather and grandmother were both pastors and her mom is a minister. She said that she accepted Christ at a young age but growing up she did not keep that commitment.

“I rededicated my life to God in 2008 and I’ve been walking with Christ ever since. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Growing up in Miami, Williams’ excellence in track was evident from early on. At age 12, while running for Miami Northwest Express Track Club, she became a National Junior Olympic Champion.

 She would accept a scholarship to the University of South Carolina. In just three years of collegiate competition, Williams would be a 15-time All-American and three-time national champion. All of this success, and the ones later to come, would not boast herself up, but glorify God.

“God gave me this talent and I will always use it to glorify Him. It is my prayer that whatever I do glorifies Him.

“It’s not about me.”

After college and her successes in the USA Championships, Williams was blessed to have run for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. She qualified for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles. It was experience that she cherishes dearly and it is something that motivates her to do better.

“It’s more of a big deal to me know than it was then,” she recollected. “I wasn’t 100 percent well in Beijing and I didn’t do as well as I wanted (finished 8th). Now I look back and just give thanks to God that I was able to represent my country at the biggest stages in track and field. It’s something I don’t take for granted. I can always say that I am an Olympian.”

After the birth of Sa’Niya, Williams experienced some hardships in her hurdling competitions. But the support of her family, coaches and teammates kept her from leaving the sport she loved.

“I gave birth to Sa’Niya in 2010 and had the worst year of my track career in 2011,” Williams recalled. “Everything in me wanted to walk away from the sport. God surrounded me around people who wouldn’t let me give up on track or on myself. Most importantly, they kept telling me to trust God. In 2012 I got a step closer to getting back on track.”

Looking ahead, she is focusing on making the 2013 World Championship team. It would be her fourth outdoor World Championship team. She is confident that 2013 will be her greatest. 

“I am working really hard towards accomplishing my goals. I’m just trusting God and following the plan he has for me. I’m just staying focused and trusting God that 2013 will be my best year thus far.”

 Williams encourages us to live our faith day by day and to live holy.

“Don’t be afraid to share the message,” she said. “Allow others to see you living, acting and loving God’s way. He always provides, He always directs our steps, He always leads us, He always protects us. He never fails. Let your light shine!”

 Recently, Williams held her Hurdle Like a Star Camp www.tiffanymwilliams.com at the University of South Carolina track where she lends her knowledge and talent of hurdling to aspiring runners. She also has her own line of bracelets, earrings and t-shirts called GlamTrack. They are inspired by Williams and have word such as ‘love’ and ‘hope’ and ‘faith’ written on them.

 GlamTrack www.glamtrackdiva.com is another way that Williams shines her faith on or off the track.

“It means everything to me to glorify God both on and off the track. I know that I am because He is.”

-All Photos provided by www.tiffanymwilliams.com

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