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Sha’Carri Richardson Reflects on Her Athletic Journey in Vogue Magazine

Sha'Carri Richardson
Sha’Carri Richardson competes in the Women’s 100 Metres during the Weltklasse Zurich 2022, part of the 2022 Diamond League series at Stadion Letzigrund on September 08, 2022, in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

*USA Track & Field star Sha’Carri Richardson appears on Vogue’s August 2024 digital cover.

Richardson is gearing up to compete in the Olympics for the first time at the Paris Games. She missed the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics due to a positive test for THC, a chemical found in marijuana. 

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

“I don’t just mean I’m a better runner. It’s beyond that. I’m better at being Sha’Carri. I’m better at being myself,” Richardson continued. 

She also discussed the demands of the preparations to compete. “You keep showing up,” she said of training. “No matter what.”

Richardson continued, “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.”

Ultimately, it all comes down to “getting the job done,” she said. 

“Every time you step on the track, it’s a validation of the time you’ve put in, the sacrifices you make on the daily,” Richardson told Vogue. “When I get on the blocks, it’s about getting the job done.” I know there’s joy at the other end, at the finish line. But I also know I’ve got to earn that happiness.”

The 2024 Summer Olympics kick off July 26 in Paris and run through Aug. 11.

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