Sha’Carri Richardson is gearing up to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics this summer, having made her worldwide comeback last year.

The road to the Olympics has not been easy for the world champion after her suspension from the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, Richardson did not let that setback prevent her from continuing to make history in track and field. Since that defeat, the athlete has won two world gold medals and earned an endorsement from Nike, among other major accomplishments.

As she prepares to sprint in one of the biggest sporting events, 21Ninety has rounded up her career highlights that have made her a household name.

Sha’Carri Richardson Wearing the 2024 Paris Olympics U.S. Uniform

On April 12, Richardson became a trending topic after unveiling one of the Nike uniforms designed for female track athletes competing in the Summer Olympics. The track star modeled a unitard with compression shorts that had “USA” printed across the chest. It’s no surprise that Richardson was selected as Nike’s model for the uniform reveal. In 2023, the athlete reportedly signed a historic $20 million endorsement deal with the brand, which includes her co-creating a signature collection. 

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Sha’Carri Richardson As The Face Of The Nike X Jacquemus Collection

Back in February, the fashion brand collaborated with Richardson for a fashion campaign. Richardson received immediate praise shortly after sharing the photos across social platforms. The collection blended strength with femininity in the most captivating ways. She can be seen in several outfits, ranging from an all-white dress to two-piece sets, with her hair braided in long cornrows that touch the floor.

Her Historic Win At The 2023 Track and Field World Championships

After years of backlash, Richardson proved her naysayers wrong by winning gold in the women’s 100 meters in Budapest, Hungary. She competed with some of the fastest sprinters in history and broke records while doing so. Richardson is now regarded as the fastest woman in the world.

Sha’Carri Richardson Ditching Her Wig For The Championship Title

One of Richardson’s most iconic looks is sporting long hair and nails. So when she snatched off her orange wig during the 2023 U.S. Track and Field Championships, it shocked fans to see Richardson toss it to the ground. In the moment, spectators knew she meant business when it came time for her to compete. In the end, the athlete took home another first-place win and earned herself a national title.

Sha’Carri Richarsdon Getting A Track Named After Her In Her Hometown

In October 2023, a Dallas district voted to name a track near Richardson’s old high school after the world champion. The athlete was born and raised in Dallas before moving to Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University. After learning about the honor, Richardson expressed online how the recognition was meaningful and rooted in childhood memories.