“I’m better at being myself”

“I’m better at being myself”

Life is good for Sha’Carri Richardson.

Richardson set a world-leading time in the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic qualifiers last month, and she is the favorite to win the important sprint event at the Paris Olympics. She will be featured on the cover of Vogue during the Games.

Richardson will grace the cover of Vogue in August. The 24-year-old sprinter posted the digital cover of Vogue on her Instagram page.

In the Vogue feature, Richardson spoke about her close relationship with her family and her preparations for her first Olympics after her much-publicized suspension during the Tokyo Games.

“I’m not back, I’m better,” Richardson told Vogue. “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.”

Richardson qualified for the Paris Olympics after running a gold medal-winning time of 10.71 in the heats, the fastest time in the world this year.

She is attempting to become the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash since Gail Devers at the 1996 Atlanta Games. She is also expected to be part of the U.S. 4×100-meter team in Paris.

“Every time you step out on the track, it’s a validation of the time you’ve put in, the sacrifices you make every day,” Richardson said, according to Vogue. “When I step out on the start line, it’s about getting the work done. I know there’s joy waiting for me at the other end, at the finish line. But I also know I have to earn that happiness.”

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