By Victor Omondi – (Source www.yourblackworld.net) – Sha’Carri Richardson, a Louisiana University student from Dallas, has taken the sports world by storm. On June 19, she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she dominated in the U.S Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, after running 100m track in an impressive 10.64 seconds.
After the race, the 21-year old ran to embrace her grandmother, Betty Harp. She revealed during a video interview that she recently lost her biological mother.
“My grandmother is my heart, my superwoman. To have her here at the biggest meet of my life, it’s just amazing. That probably felt better than winning the races, just being able to hold her after becoming an Olympian,” she told Runners World.
The upcoming Olympic Games will be her first.
In another interview with ABC, Richardson revealed that she endured personal hardship in the face of athletic glory. “Nobody knows what I go through. Everybody has struggles and I understand that. But y’all see me on this track and y’all see the poker face I put on. But nobody but [my family] and my coach know what I go through…and I’m highly grateful to them. Without them, there would be no me.”
In 2019, Richardson hit the spotlight when she broke a 30-year record in the Women’s 100 Meters and was promptly signed by Nike. The following summer she was invited by Generation Z brand and Essence Girls United to participate in a panel discussion on what it’s like to be a woman in sports, adding to her media fame.