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Sha’Carri Richardson graces the digital cover of “Vogue”

Sha’Carri Richardson graces the digital cover of “Vogue”

Before she heads to the Olympic Games in Paris later this month, sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has made it to the digital cover of Fashion Magazine.

After qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Richardson was suspended and dropped from the squad following a failed doping test. She will now compete in Paris after running the fastest time of 10.71 seconds in the women’s 100 meters this year at the Olympic qualifying trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, last month.

The fastest woman in the world spoke to FashionMaya Singer on preparing for high-level competitions.

“You have to keep coming back,” said Richardson, “no matter what happens. Most people only think about athletics every four years. The Olympics, that’s

everything there is – those few seconds on TV. But for me, the track is my daily life. Everything I do – what I eat, what I drink, whether I stay up too late – all of that is reflected on the track. Every decision. That’s what the world doesn’t see.”

Although Richardson was expected to compete in the 200m, she failed to qualify, unexpectedly finishing fourth. But she knows she still has work to do and the expectation of taking home the gold medal remains on the agenda. Her rise through the ranks will stay with her.

“Every time I step on the track, I think about all the moments when I was younger – all those feelings are still with me; I’m just that little girl who’s grown up,” Richardson said. “It’s almost like a flashback trip, everything that got me to this point. All the effort, all the sacrifices. And I feel like this moment is special because all of that, the good, the bad, brought me here. And I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”

The world will be watching them when the 2024 Summer Olympics begin on Friday, July 26.

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