Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Beauty of Retrospect: Track star Sanya Richards-Ross

I originally featured Sanya Richards-Ross in August 2008 as part of the American champion women's 4x400-meter track team at the Beijing Olympics, along with Allyson Felix. And like Allyson Felix, she deserves a post of her own. So here I go. :-)

Sanya Richards-Ross is a textbook case of an immigrant's success story in America. Born in Jamaica, she immigrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of twelve. Although she originally settled in Florida, she now makes her home in Austin, Texas, having graduated from the University of Texas there in 2006 with a degree in a management information systems.

She was a part of three - three - U.S. Olympic championship women's 4x400-meter relay track teams, in Athens and London as well as Beijing. She was also on that many winning U.S. women's 4x400-meter relay track teams at the World Championships in Paris (2003), Osaka (2000), and Berlin (2009).  She's also won the Olympic gold medal in the solo 400-meter race in London as well as winning a World Championships gold medal in that same event in Berlin.

So, yes, the 400-meter race is her specialty. :-)      

She married NFL player Aaron Ross in 2010. 

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