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Posted: August 2, 2012 8:55 p.m.

Local has tie to Olympic gold medalist

Fay Hancock has had quite the month.

First, she celebrated more than two decades of service with the city of Covington, and then she got to be a part of something very few people have.

On Tuesday, Hancock sat nervously in front of the TV as her step-grandson participated in the skeet shooting event at the 2012 Olympic Games and brought an Olympic gold medal into her family.

Vincent Hancock, a 23-year-old U.S. Army sergeant, became a two-time gold medalist, he also finished first in 2008's Beijing Games, with a score of 148, two targets in front of Denmark's Anders Golding. While Vincent Hancock was aiming toward a second gold in London, Fay and her husband Clinton Hancock, sat by at their Eatonton home watching the games that they were simultaneously being recorded.

"It was awesome sitting here watching it on the TV that morning," Fay Hancock said. "It was awesome. It almost took your breath away."

Fay started working for the city in 1989 before moving over to the Covington Police Department as a customer service representative from the 911 center. Her official retirement date is Sept. 1, giving the 61-year old plenty of time to spend with her new husband.

Fay married Clinton in April and already feels like part of the family, gushing about Vincent's achievements.

"I just claim him as mine," Fay Hancock said. "It's not many kids that dedicate their lives as young as he is to achieving this goal. It just made us so proud of him."

Fay first met Vincent in Colorado Springs where he was competing in the skeet shooting national tournament on June 23. She is eager to see him again, this time with a gold medal in hand.

"From what I got to see of him, he's an awesome kid and father," Fay Hancock said. "He's very focused on his life and where he wants to go with it."

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