Sha'Carri Richardson's new motivational quotes inspire fans ahead of Paris 2024 Olympics

Sha'Carri Richardson

Sha'Carri Richardson's new motivational quotes inspire fans ahead of Paris 2024 Olympics

Funmilayo Fameso 10:33 - 10.07.2024

Sha'Carri Richardson's vibrant personality on and off track gives room to overlook the depth of her brilliance, especially when she's given the platform to exhibit it. Her recent interview with Vogue is one that has left fans in awe as she intensifies preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

World 100m champion Sha'Carri Richardson has come up with new inspiring quotes that has left fans in awe as she heads to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The world's fastest woman will be at the Paris Olympics as the one to beat for the 100m gold medal, and she's in the best shape to deliver after her world-leading performance of 10.71s to win the US Olympic trials.

With her rise to prominence in the past year, Richardson is now the face of track and field. She has been featured in several campaigns - her latest achievement gracing the August digital cover of Vogue ahead of the Paris Olympics.

Sha'Carri Richardson graces the August digital cover for Vogue // @Vogue

The exclusive interview-themed 'Sha'Carri is Going for Gold' was focused on her daily life as a famous athlete, which includes training, family, fashion, and what it means to represent the United States.

“You keep showing up,” said Richardson. “No matter what. Most people, they only think of track every four years. The Olympics, that’s all there is—those few seconds on TV. But for me, track is my life on a day-to-day basis. Everything I do—what I eat, what I drink, if I stay up too late—it’s all reflected on the track. Every choice. That’s what the world doesn’t see.”

Richardson's regain of confidence was a testament to two years of incredible hardwork behind the scenes, following the scandal that engulfed her in 2021, when, as a gold-medal favorite for the COVID-delayed Tokyo Olympics, she was suspended from the USA Track and Field team after testing positive for THC, the intoxicant in marijuana, and denied her chance to compete.

The 24-year-old made an exceptional comeback with a mantra she has been repeating for the past year: “I’m not back, I’m better,” which she proved true at the 2023 world championships in Budapest, blazing to a blistering record of 10.65s to win the title.

Sha'carri Richardson won the 2023 world 100m title to become the world's fastest woman. Credit: @itsshacarri/Instagram

“I don’t just mean I’m a better runner,” when asked about her creed. “It’s beyond that. I’m better at being Sha’Carri. I’m better at being myself.”

The American is famed for running in style, be it her flamboyant technique that imitates levitation, her pronounced body tattoos, her long trademark nails, or her colourful hairstyles, which are usually styled as wigs or attachment braids.

Sha'Carri Richardson in one of her best looks on the track

"I feel like fashion is the flow of the body, fashion is the flow of expression. Fashion relates to the way that I move my body, the way that I run down the track is almost like the same way I could strut down the runway," said the Texas native on being a track star and fashionista.

"Fashion and sports are one in the same expression of self and expression of flow," she added.

"Beauty and the Beast comes together. Basically, this is my own catwalk. My lane is my catwalk," a quote that has gone viral and left fans in awe of her intelligence.

"I feel like in other sports they show that, you know, that athletes can be fashionable just as much as they can be athletes. We glam up like we put it on. We step forward, we are ready no matter what.

"Look good, feel good, do good. They all relate to the mental aspect, the emotional aspect, and ultimately the physical."

Richardson will hope for Paris to be another iconic outing by gunning for the 100m gold, which if successful, will make her USA's first women's Olympic champion since Gail Devers in 1996.