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Sha’Carri Richardson graces the cover of Vogue ahead of the Olympic Games

Sha’Carri Richardson graces the cover of Vogue ahead of the Olympic Games

Sha'Carri Richardson poses with a smile after winning her race

Bisexual track and field sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson revealed her Olympic training program in an exclusive interview with Vogue.

The 24-year-old star athlete, who competes in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash categories, appeared on the August 2024 digital cover of Vogue and talked about her preparations for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics and the love she feels for her family.

On the cover, Richardson is photographed by Luis Alberto Rodriguez. Inside, there are several black and white photos showing the athlete preparing for his competition.

In addition to her physical prowess, Richardson is also known on the runway for her signature long, decorated nails – which can also be seen on the cover of Vogue.

She is also known for her colorful hair during competitions, which she says is inspired by Florence Griffith Joyner, the fastest woman of all time.

Richardson gained national attention in 2019 when she broke the college record in the 100-meter dash, making her one of the 10 fastest women in history at just 19 years old.

Although the Vogue interview provides insight into Richardson’s personality, the author notes, “There are things Richardson simply won’t talk about. Her private life is taboo.”

In 2021, Richardson announced that she has a girlfriend and identifies as bisexual.

In the same year, the athlete was scheduled to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where she was considered the favorite for the gold medal.

However, she had to sit out after she tested positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana.

This year, however, she will make her Olympic debut. In an interview, she expresses her confidence ahead of the games in Paris: “I’m not back, I’m better.”

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

She proves what she claims: Richardson won the 2024 U.S. Olympic qualifiers in outdoor track and field in June.

ha'Carri Richardson poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 100m final
Sha’Carri Richardson poses with her gold medal after winning the women’s 100m final. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

She also became US national champion in the 100-meter sprint, defending her title with a time of 10.71 seconds.

Athletics, Richardson says, is a “24/7 lifestyle” where she has to put all her energy into training to be in top physical shape.

“Every time you step onto the track, it’s a validation of the time you’ve invested and the sacrifices you make every day,” Richardson explains.

“When I start a race, 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.”

Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the women’s 100m final with grandmother Betty Harp. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Richardson also spoke about her family. She was raised by her grandmother, Betty Harp, who Richardson calls Big Momma, and the love the athlete has for her is clear to see.

“Everything I am is because of this strong, wise black woman,” Richardson admitted.

She continued, “Everything. I mean, I’m blessed because there have been other people in my life who have helped me. But the foundation, that’s it.”

We’re rooting for Richardson as she travels to Paris for the Olympic Games from July 26 to August 11. You can read all of our coverage of the 2024 Olympic Games here.