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Sha'Carri Richardson Lands Spot On Olympic Team Just Days After Losing Her Mother

“Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha’Carri Richardson, so my family’s my everything. My everything until the day I’m done.”

Sha'Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women's 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. | Getty Images
Sha'Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women's 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. | Getty Images

Track and field star Sha'Carri Richardson captured the country’s attention over the weekend as she dominated in the Olympic trials, securing her spot on Team USA for the upcoming Tokyo games. An emotional video of her running to her family immediately after qualifying for the Olympics was widely shared, followed by another video of Richardson revealing she lost her biological mother just a week before. 

Richardson, 21, won the women’s 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Saturday and became one of the world’s fastest women. As soon as she crossed the finish line, Richardson made her way through the stands and immediately embraced her grandmother. The emotional moment was captured live before Richardson shared that her family had recently suffered a loss.

“Last week, finding out my biological mother passed away, and still choosing to pursue my dreams. Still coming out here,” Richardson said in an interview after the race. “The fact that nobody knows what I go through, 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 on a day-to-day basis.”

“I’m highly grateful for them. Without them, there would be no me,” Richardson continued. “Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha’Carri Richardson, so my family’s my everything. My everything until the day I’m done.”

Richardson said her mother’s passing is “still a very, very sensitive and confusing topic,” but called her grandmother, “my heart.”

“My grandmother is my superwoman,” she continued.

Richardson won with a 10.86 runtime on Saturday, followed by Javianne Oliver, who came in second at 10.99, and Teahna Daniels in 11.03. All three runners will be headed to the Olympics for the first time. Richardson is also the youngest woman to win the 100 meters at an Olympic trials since 1980.

Richardson, with her distinct long, bright hair, is certain to be a main attraction at the Olympics as she continues to break records and soar in popularity on social media.

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