Sha’Carri Richardson is headed to Tokyo! After flying by means of the Olympic trials this previous weekend, she claimed her title as America’s quickest girl and secured a spot on the US’s Monitor and Subject contingent. The 21-year-old athlete has been the favourite for the ladies’s 100-meter sprint for a while now, however her efficiency over the previous few days confirms she’s a one-of-a-kind star.
Richardson is an icon in her personal proper, however she typically channels one other standout monitor athlete in competitions. Along with her lengthy nails and free-flowing hair, Richardson is commonly compared to Florence Griffith Joyner, AKA Flo-Jo. Joyner, who set the world document for each the 100m and 200m races, was well-known for bringing magnificence seems to be to the course. “Flo-Jo got here to the monitor and knew she was going to dominate,” Richardson advised Related Press. “The way in which she did that was swish. I all the time appreciated that. If the superb Flo-Jo had lengthy nails, there was no excuse why I could not have lengthy nails.”
However Richardson’s inspiration for her nails really comes from one other supply: her grandma. Richardson beforehand known as her grandmother “superwoman” and when the monitor athlete formally certified for Tokyo with a ten.86 time on Saturday, she rushed straight to the stands to rejoice with the girl who had such an influence on her life. “My household has saved me grounded,” Richardson advised NBC after the race. She additionally shared a heartbreaking loss. “This yr has been loopy for me. Going from simply final week, shedding my organic mom, and I am nonetheless right here.”
She continued, “I am nonetheless right here. Final week, discovering out my organic mom handed away and nonetheless selecting to pursue my desires, nonetheless popping out right here, nonetheless right here to make the household that I do nonetheless have on this earth proud. And the very fact [is] no one is aware of what I am going by means of. All people has struggles and I perceive that, however y’all see me on this monitor and y’all see the poker face I placed on, however no one however them and my coach know what I am going by means of on a day-to-day foundation.
“I am extremely grateful for them. With out them, there can be no me. With out my grandmother, there can be no Sha’Carri Richardson. My household is my the whole lot, my the whole lot till the day I am accomplished.” And Richardson is nowhere near accomplished but. After sprinting previous the end line for the trials, followers will see her on the monitor once more on the Olympics on the finish of July. Within the meantime, take pleasure in a couple of highlights from her June 18th and nineteenth races, and bear in mind her motto: “I’m THAT woman.”