Out champion athlete Sha’Carri Richardson honored in Texas with sweet tribute

Sha'Carri Richardson preparing for the 100m race at the Olympics Trials on June 19, 2021.
Sha'Carri Richardson preparing for the 100m race at the Olympics Trials on June 19, 2021. Photo: Screenshot/Team USA

Sha’Carri Richardson, an out bisexual sprinter, is the fastest woman in the world. Her career was derailed shortly before the Tokyo Olympics after she tested positive for marijuana use, but it has rebounded completely this year.

And Dallas honored the athlete this month with two major recognitions.

Her former high school named the track where she ran in competitions after her, and the city designated November 10 as “Sha’Carri Richardson Day.”

Richardson came out in 2015 when she tweeted, “My family knows I’m bi.”

When she won the 100-meter world championship in Budapest earlier this year, she told reporters, “In previous interviews, I mentioned that I’m not back, I’m better. I’m going to stay humble, I’m not back, I’m better and I’m going to continue to be better.”

“Never give up, never allow the media or outsiders to define who you are. Always fight. Never leave sight of yourself. You’ll have good days and bad days but you always have tomorrow.”

At the ceremony for the renamed high school track, she continued her theme of always striving to improve herself.

“I see that little girl who stood right here at Kincade. I told my mama I want to be great. I told my godparents I want to be better. I told my family I want to take care of them, and being right here in the moment, able to look back and see that I’m able to do that and more, I don’t want to stop.”

“I did have a moment that could’ve crushed me beyond measures, but in that moment, I chose better. I chose to be wiser. I chose to allow that moment to build me.”

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