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Reunion Tower Puts on Light Show for Olympic Gold Medalist From Fort Worth

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Reunion Tower in Downtown Dallas is putting on a red, white, and blue light show every time a North Texan wins a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The first light show was Monday night in honor of Vincent Hancock, who won gold for the third time in his career.

Hancock, who lives in Fort Worth, made history by becoming the first skeet shooter to win three gold medals.

“So far, not going to lie. This is the coolest medal I have ever gotten. It means so much to me," Hancock said. “Knowing everything that I have had to go through in the last year and a half in anticipation of getting to Tokyo. This was vastly different than the previous two and it's something I am going to cherish for a long time to really savor this moment now."

Team USA shooter Vincent Hancock won his third gold medal in skeet shooting after beating out Denmark's Jesper Hansen.

Hancock set two records in the skeet final.

"It truly is a dream come true every time, because there is so much more work and more effort that goes into each one," he said.

He set an Olympic record by hitting 59 of 60 targets, beating Jesper Hanen of Denmark by four. He's also the only shooter ever in the history of the Olympics to win multiple gold medals.

The Olympic record holder is still humble after the big win.

“I don’t know if I could ever see myself being a legend of any sort but I guess it's more so about the legacy I can leave behind. While yes, it's my goal to win as many of these things as I possibly can, I don’t really think that’s what I want people to remember me for," Hancock said. "I want there to be so much more to me than that for my girls and knowing that I was there for them and do what they need to do."

Vincent Hancock won his first gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and his second at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Hancock is known simply as "Vinny" where he calls home now.

He practices at Fort Worth Trap & Skeet on the city's southwest side.

"Oh my God, (we are) amazingly, overwhelmingly proud of Vinny," club manager Michelle Levens said.

His training partner, 21-year-old Conner Prince, is equally as proud.

"I'm going to have to pick him up at the airport when he comes home when he comes back. I'm going to give him a big old hug and say I'm so proud of him," Prince said.

Hancock won his first gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and his second at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

As far as retiring while he is on top or continuing his Olympic journey, Hancock said it's not over yet.

“I will definitely be back for Paris [2024 Olympics]. I have to defend this one and I have already told myself and my kids, this is going to happen for another three years and once we get to Paris we will figure it out from there,” Hancock said.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report.

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