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Sha’Carri Richardson Vogue Highlights

Sha’Carri Richardson Vogue Highlights

“I’m not back, I’m better,” Sha’Carri Richardson said of her evolution over the past few years. As you’ll recall, Richardson became a household name around the world in 2021 following her pre-Tokyo Olympics scandal. The now 24-year-old was a frontrunner – no pun intended – for the U.S. track and field team. However, her dreams of taking home Olympic gold were put on hold after she tested positive for THC. Although her talent was undeniable, the Olympic Committee decided to suspend her for a month, depriving Richardson of the opportunity to compete against global competitors.

It was later revealed that the track star had recently lost her biological mother and was using marijuana while grieving. Despite the tragedy, the controversy became a topic of conversation around the world and millions of people put Richardson under scrutiny – often unfairly. Her supporters have continued to rally behind her throughout these years as Richardson continued to work toward her next goal. Now, she will compete in the 100-meter dash at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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“I don’t just mean that I’m a better runner,” Richardson revealed to Fashion“It goes beyond that. I’m better at being Sha’Carri. I’m better at being myself.”

Those who knew Richardson before she was in the spotlight had her sights set on her goal and remember her potential as a young girl. Lauren Cross, girls’ track and field coach at Carter High School, remembers people wondering how Sha’Carri could be so fast on the field. “When you’re that good, that young, you realize as a coach that you’re dealing with someone extraordinary,” Cross said. “A lot of times you have kids who are fast but don’t have the drive to put in the work it takes to be great. Sha’Carri was absolutely determined.”

Check out some highlights from Sha’Carri Richardson’s Fashion In it, she talks about Beyoncé, getting through the pain, and how she makes sure she enjoys the spotlight with her family by her side.

About self-discipline

“Every time you step onto the track, it’s a validation of the time you’ve invested, of the sacrifices you make every day. When I go to the start line, it’s about getting the job done. I know that there’s joy waiting for me at the other end, at the finish line. But I also know that I have to earn that happiness.”

“No matter what happens. Most people only think about athletics every four years. The Olympics, that’s all there is – those few seconds on TV. But for me, athletics is my daily life. Everything I do – what I eat, what I drink, whether I stay up too late – it all reflects on athletics. Every decision. That’s what the world doesn’t see.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: Athlete Sha’Carri Richardson poses during the Team USA Paris 2024 Olympic Portrait Shoot on Stage 16 at NBC Universal Studios on November 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

About her love for Beyoncé

“Do I like Beyoncé? Of course I like Beyoncé. And Cowboy Carter, I mean, I went to Carter High School in Dallas, we were the Carter Cowboys, so it’s come full circle, Beyoncé is a Texas girl like me…”

About “Big Momma” Betty Harp, the grandmother who raised Sha’Carri

Betty Harp: “Sha’Carri is tough. I made her tough. I’m a strong woman and I’ve overcome obstacles in my life. So I knew what I was talking about when things got tough from time to time and she wanted to give up – and I said, ‘Don’t start anything and don’t finish anything.'” You start, you finish,“…Whatever happens, keep going, you hear?”

Sha’Carri: “Everything I am, I owe to this strong, wise black woman. Everything. I mean, I’m blessed because there have been other people in my life who have helped me. But the foundation is her.”

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates with her grandmother Betty Harp after winning the women’s 100m final during day two of the USA Track and Field team trials for the 2020 Olympic Games at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

About the fact that her family during her Fashion Photo shooting

And sometimes there is total exuberance on days like this Fashion Shooting, an experience she especially cherishes, Richardson says, because she was able to share it with her family. “Looking over and seeing the smiles on their faces, knowing that we’re creating a memory together…that’s validation for me,” she says. Through the eyes of her beloved younger cousins, she measures her own success. “They can see, okay, we come from a certain place, but if you put in the effort, believe in yourself and stay grounded, you’ll go far.”

About the preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

“It’s like chess. Every move leads to checkmate. So the Olympics, OK, that’s checkmate, that’s the moment an athlete dreams of. But every race that I have ahead of me is also important – it’s my chance to grow. So when I’m on the track in Paris, I know I’ve put my trials and errors behind me.” … “(I have to stay present) Because if I only look ahead, I can’t be where I need to be. And that’s here, now.”

About the author

Erika Marie is a veteran journalist, editor and ghostwriter who works primarily in the areas of music, spirituality, mental health and social engagement. The Los Angeles-based editor, storyteller and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes work of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. EM strives to write stories that are compelling while also being informative and respectful. She is an advocate of lyrical wit and the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, ’90s R&B, hip hop, indie rock and punk; funk, soul, Harlem Renaissance jazz greats and artists who innovate rather than simply copy.