Dallas star Sha’Carri Richardson makes it to the digital cover of Vogue – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas star Sha’Carri Richardson makes it to the digital cover of Vogue – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas’ hometown hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson beams and goes for gold as she graces the cover of Vogue’s August 2024 digital issue ahead of the Summer Olympics in Paris.

Shot by photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez, the magazine cover shows the fastest woman in the world in an impressive pose, ready to sprint down the track. She wears a colorful bodysuit and skirt from the Ralph Lauren Collection that appear to billow in the wind, complemented by eye-catching gold Nike sneakers.

Particularly striking are the 24-year-old speedster’s long, artistically decorated nails, which give her powerful and elegant look a personal touch.

In an interview with Vogue, the 100-meter world champion gave insights into her mental preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games and her thoughts on returning to the competition stage.

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

Richardson grew up in South Dallas with her beloved grandmother, affectionately known as Big Momma. In the Vogue issue, she reflects on her first experiences with running and how it has become an important aspect of her identity.

The article also looked at Richardson’s unique style on and off the track. Known for her exceptional talent and speed, she has also attracted attention with her distinctive fashion sense, which led to a partnership with Nike.

Over the past year, Richardson has constantly repeated the cryptic mantra: “I’m not back, I’m better.”

“I don’t just mean I’m a better runner,” Richardson told Vogue. “It’s more than that. I’m better at being Sha’Carri. I’m better at being myself.”

Richardson, center, with clockwise from far left, her sister Tahjna Calhoun, her cousins ​​Calvin Harp and Natalie Byers, her aunt Brenda Davis and her cousins ​​Aniyah Davis, Kyle Harp and Bella Harp.

This powerful message was shared with Vogue and NBC 5. She proved the truth of this statement at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last August, when she surprised everyone with a remarkable first place finish, which she achieved with a time of 10.65 seconds, setting a new record.

After qualifying for Team USA at the 2021 Olympic Qualifiers, Richardson was tested positive for THC, a chemical found in cannabis. The positive test resulted in her being disqualified for a month and losing her chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Her path to redemption has been closely watched over the years, especially as she competed against the U.S. team’s biggest rival, Team Jamaica, and its greats Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson.

Richardson reached the latest milestone in her “I’m Not Back, I’m Better” tour by running the 100 meters in 10.71 seconds at the U.S. Track Trials in late June, becoming the fastest woman in the world and officially securing her spot at the track and field trials in France, which begin on August 2.

Dallas has been a strong supporter of Richardson throughout her career. In November, her alma mater, Carter High School, honored her by naming a song after her, as the Vogue article highlighted.

Her former head coach, Lauren Cross, recently spoke to NBC 5 about visiting Oregon last month and watching the track and field star secure a spot in the Olympics.

Sha’Carri was passed on the outside of the 200m race at the U.S. track qualifying trials to finish fourth, leaving her with just one chance to compete for an individual Olympic gold medal next month in Paris. She will also sprint toward gold in the 4x100m relay.

If Richardson wins, she will become the first American woman in nearly 30 years to win Olympic gold in the 100 meters, following Gail Devers at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The USA track and field team roster for the 2024 Olympics can be found here.

NBC 5 is your Olympics broadcaster. The opening ceremony of the 2024 Summer Olympics will take place on July 26 in Paris.