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Sha’Carri Richardson reflects on her legendary wig toss just before her 100-meter championship race

Sha’Carri Richardson reflects on her legendary wig toss just before her 100-meter championship race

Sha’Carri Richardson is an electrifying sprinter who rose to popularity in the United States with her fantastic performance, but she caught the world’s attention with her viral wig throw at the 2023 U.S. Track and Field Championships. Now, a year later, and with FashionOn the digital cover of the August 2024 issue, Richardson talks about the inspiration behind this defiant beauty statement.

The 24-year-old star, known for her blistering speed and bold personal style, spoke about the significance of her actions. On the set of her cover shoot, she recalled the moment she revealed her braids just before the championship 100m race last July. “I’ll never change my confidence. But at the same time, I’ve learned that there’s a way to wear it much more gracefully. So that moment came,” Richardson revealed.

Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States celebrates as she crosses the finish line in lane nine to win the women’s 100m final during the World Athletics Championships at the National Athletics Centre on August 21, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.

Richardson’s decision to throw away her wig was more than a spontaneous act; it culminated in experiences and personal growth. “I was only able to get to this point through experience and having the right people around me. I know that no matter what I do, no matter what decision I make, I know it comes from me,” she added, stressing the importance of confidence and authenticity.

Key Rentzthe Orlando-based braider who styled Richardson’s hair for the championships recalled her initial reaction to the wig toss. “I thought, ‘Oh no, she didn’t like her hair. Why is she still wearing the wig?’ When I saw her ripping it, I thought, ‘Oh my God, yes, ma’am, I know that’s right.’ I understood the symbolism when she did it. I understand what she meant by that.”

Richardson also appreciated Rentz’s influence on her, saying, “Key gives me an energy that even while she’s doing my hair, I can almost feel her authenticity on my scalp.”

In 2021, Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended from the 2020 Olympic team after testing positive for THC. After winning the women’s 100-meter race last month, the athlete secured her ticket to the Tokyo Olympics, but was unfortunately suspended for a month. She then missed the Olympics entirely. It is important to highlight that the sporting event was originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but was postponed to 2021 on March 24, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Richardson returned to the track at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic. Her performance wasn’t the best, but she kept training and working hard until she got better. On the third day of the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, her hard work paid off when she won her first major individual title on the international stage. She took gold in the women’s 100-meter sprint, setting a championship record of 10.65 seconds.

In June 2024, Richardson emerged victorious from the 2024 USA Olympic Qualifiers, held during the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Sha’Carri Richardson poses with her gold medal after winning the women’s 100 meters final during day two of track and field qualifications for the 2024 U.S. Olympic team at Hayward Field on June 22, 2024 in Eugene, Oregon.

Her fans are excited to see what style she will rock in Paris in 2024. The sprinter’s bold beauty choices, including her bright hairstyles and long acrylic nails, have become a part of her identity both on and off the track.

Richardson, who started wearing long nails following her grandmother’s example, has seamlessly combined her fashion-forward look with her athleticism, proving that she does things on her own terms. “I got into nails because of my grandmother,” she told Vogue, reflecting on the personal significance of her style choice.

America’s fastest woman Sha’Carri Richardson.

As Richardson prepares to compete with Team USA at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, she carries with her the lessons and experiences that have shaped her path. Her disqualification from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is now a distant memory, replaced by a renewed focus and determination to succeed on the world stage.

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