Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is in the midst of preparing for her highly anticipated 2023 sprint season. Ahead of her athletic season opener, the mommy rocket has reflected on her career and history-defining moments.
Fraser-Pryce is currently one of the most accomplished and beloved athletes in Jamaica, but this was not always true. During the early era of her career, when little of Fraser-Pryce’s prowess on the track was known to the public, she received pushback from many after qualifying at the 2008 Jamaican Olympic trials.
Seasoned Olympian Veronica Campbell-Brown placed fourth, missing a spot on the Jamaican team for the 100m. Many argued that an inexperienced Fraser-Pryce should be replaced with Campbell-Brown.
Fraser-Pryce Went on to prove her critics wrong and led a Jamaican sweep of the podium, becoming the first Jamaican woman to win 100m gold at the Olympics. The sprinter has acquired seven Olympic medals since her debut in Beijing. Fraser-Pryce reflected on her historic career on Friday, sharing in an Instagram post that she was grateful for the breakthroughs that she had made, not just in her career but in athletics.
The mom of one said that during her races, the only thing on her mind was doing her best, and she did not expect to be a part of history.
“I never thought that those moments would become a part of history. When you’re in them, you’re focused. You’re not thinking about anything but doing your best and accomplishing your goal. When I’m on the track everything goes silent, and it’s just me focused on the finish,” Fraser-Pryce said.
The thirty-six-year-old went on to encourage her fans to focus on their end goal and reminded them that they are making history every day.
“I want you to focus on your finish and realize every day you’re making history when you’re focused on being the best you that you can be – whether it’s in your profession, in your community, or in your family,” the Olympian stated.
Fraser-Pryce has not yet disclosed when she will be making her season opener but recently declared that her goal for this year’s athletic season is to win a sixth World title and set a new personal best (PB) of 10.5.
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