On June 19, 21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson won the Women’s 100m at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, running at top speed as she pointed at the clock. In just 10.86 seconds, the Oak Cliff, Dallas-native changed her life and secured her spot in next month’s Tokyo Olympics.
In the interviews following the race, Richardson was bubbly and full of energy, walking and talking with self-assurance and a forcefield of confidence. As a Black woman, watching her compete makes me feel a certain freedom. Her existence is a silent push of encouragement to step into the power that I also possess.
In addition to her talent on the track, Richardson carries on the legacy of fly girl athletes like Florence Griffith-Joyner, Gail Devers and Ashley Spencer, women who used their style as a means of self-expression. Richardson, who always competes in freshly laid do’s, lashes and perfectly sculpted nails, is unapologetically herself and empowers other Black women to do the same.