Teleporting through Hayward Field during the Olympic track and field trials on Saturday, Sha’Carri Richardson looked like a meteor. There was her sheer speed: At just 21, Richardson is currently the fastest woman in the country, and her time of 10.86 seconds in the 100 meters secured her a spot on the United States squad for the next few years. Tokyo Olympics from July 23. But her hair – fiery orange and half-up, half-down style – contributed to the supernatural projection.
“She just wanted me to be able to make a statement.”
Despite previous cheers, the post-reunion sound bites and glamorous appearance of Richardson solidified her as a star. Richardson often sports long eyelash extensions and longer acrylics, and although she’s typically the mastermind behind her ever-changing hair colors, before the insanely large trials, she let his girlfriend decide.
“She said it spoke to her just, the fact that it was so loud and vibrant,” Richardson said. The Washington Post. “That’s who I am. She just wanted me to be able to make a statement – let’s continue to show the world that I’m a force to be reckoned with.”
Fans of the sport will not be surprised to learn that Richardson is inspired by Florence Griffith Joyner, who was also known for her assertive style. Richardson shared photos of Flo-Jo in a 2019 Instagram post and wrote: “You love to talk about my hair and nails like the tallest woman to ever be in the game hasn’t run in style.” Her again spoke about the track legend in an interview with The Associated Press the day before testing began. “Flo-Jo came out on the track and knew she was going to dominate,” said Richardson. “The way she did it was graceful. I always liked it. If the amazing Flo-Jo had long fingernails, there was no excuse I couldn’t have long fingernails.”
With much of her athletic career still ahead of her, Richardson’s path could continue to converge with that of Flo-Jo, the fastest woman of all time. Richardson is currently the sixth-fastest woman of all time, and she is a favorite for the 100-meter event at the Olympics, which Flo-Jo won in 1988. If she were to win, Richardson would be the first American to win. do it since Gail Devers in 1996.