Sha’Carri Richardson is making strides during Pride Month and making sure to thank her girlfriend along the way.
The country’s fastest woman took the time to shout out her girlfriend after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Richardson donned fiery orange hair while dominating the 100-meter women’s sprint at the Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. on June 19, Advocate reports.
After winning the race with a time of 10.86 seconds, Richardson credited her girlfriend for helping her put her eye-catching look together.
“My girlfriend actually picked my color,” Richardson told USA Today on June 18. “She said it like spoke to her, the fact that it was just so loud and vibrant, and that’s who I am.”
On Juneteenth, she followed her special shoutout by tweeting out a rainbow emoji that sent the Twitter community ablaze.
“This is all we needed to see,” one person said in response. “Dude make a YouTube channel so that everyone can see your lively personality,” added someone esle. “I know you have haters, but deep down they’ll probably become obsessed with you like how they do Lebron. Just my opinion.”
THIS is what it's all about.@itskerrii is headed to the Olympics, and she immediately ran into the stands to celebrate with her family.@usatf | #TokyoOlympics x #TrackFieldTrials21 pic.twitter.com/MjvZmmOKPg
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) June 20, 2021
Richardson praised her grandmother and supportive family following her big win. She also shared the recent hardships she faced after losing her biological mother the week before.
“My grandmother is my heart. My grandmother is my superwoman,” Richardson said. “Honestly, that was one of my biggest goals in life – to have her see me compete in one of the highest levels, and be successful.”
While she didn’t elaborate on the loss of her mother, Richardson thanked her for bringing her into the world.
“That’s not anything I want to talk about, so I’m not going to get too much into details,” she said. “… But what I will say is I am grateful for her giving me life, bringing me into this world.”