Sha’Carri Richardson Earns Emotional Olympic Berth

Contributed By Scott Lipscomb
We all love a feel good story and black girl magic. This past weekend Sha’Carri Richardson embodied that.

In the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon she blazed through the 100m.

Essence reported “Up against six other athletes for a slot on Team USA, Richardson, 21, sped up in the final seconds, running 100m in a dazzling 10.87 seconds. The upcoming Olympic games will be her first.”

After her amazing race, she went straight to her grandmother.

“My grandmother is my heart, my superwoman,” the Dallas native said to Runners World. “To have her here at the biggest meet of my life, it’s just amazing. That probably felt better than winning the races, just being able to hold her after becoming an Olympian.” During a video interview, she revealed she lost her biological mother last week.

A Nike Athlete, Richardson first gained national attention when she broke a 30-year 100m women’s record in 2019.

“Nobody knows what I go through,” Richardson said in a post-race interview with ABC. “Everybody has struggles and I understand that. But y’all see me on this track and y’all see the poker face I put on. But nobody but [my family] and my coach know what I go through…and I’m highly grateful to them. Without them, there would be no me.”