Sha’Carri Richardson is the fastest American woman in ten years and was deemed “‘best American hope” in track and field for the Tokyo Olympics, before ultimately not getting chosen on July 6.
The young athlete has been making headlines for everything from her incredible times, glam appearance, and unfortunately, her recent positive drug test which ended up barring her from the Olympic games.
What is Sha’Carri Richardson’s net worth?
The average salary of a sprinter in the US is between $45,000 and $50,000 annually plus, Richardson signed a deal with Nike.
Who is Sha’Carri Richardson?
The 21-year-old athlete won the women’s 100 meters, completely leaving her competitors in the dust.
She was so far ahead in the semifinal heat that she pointed to the clock for the last 20 meters to highlight her astonishing 10.86-second clocking. This win was what initially secured her a spot on Team USA.
This year she is the fastest woman in the nation, the world’s second-fastest woman in the 100-meter dash, and the sixth-fastest woman of all time.
Beyond her impressive skill, she has gathered a lot of attention for her attention grabbing look.
During her infamous 100 meter dash, she wore her long bright orange hair half up half down- the look was meant to symbolize running on fire. She often dazzles with long lash extensions, long acrylic nails and a rotation of bright hair colors.
Richardson has said that she takes inspiration from Florence Griffith Joyner, who was also known for her statement-making style.
Is Sha’Carri Richardson going to the Olympics?
Richardson’s historic run secured her a spot on Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics but on July 2 it was announced that she failed a drug test and has been suspended for a month.
On July 6, the USA Track & Field announced that was not selected as a member of the 4×100 relay team and therefore would not be partaking in the Tokyo Olympics.
Sha’Carri Richardson failed her drugs test during the Team USA Olympic trials in Oregon.
She had reportedly tested positive for a substance the World Health Organization classified as a “substance of abuse.”
The USA Track and Field organization said in a statement that they could not allow her to move forward to the Tokyo Olympics in an effort to “maintain fairness for all of the athletes.”
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In the statement released by the organisation, they continued, “While USATF fully agrees that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules related to THC should be reevaluated, it would be detrimental to the integrity of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field if USATF amended its policies following competition, only weeks before the Olympic Games,”
Speaking with NBC, Richardson attributed the positive test on her use of marijuana as a way to cope with the unexpected death of her biological mother while she was in Oregon for the Olympic trials.
Richardson, who was raised by her grandmother, said that she learned about her mother’s recent death from a reporter during an interview in a triggering and “definitely nerve-shocking” experience.