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Club: Maximising Velocity and Power (MVP)
Events: 100m, 200m
Height: 5 ft.
Weight: 110 lb.
Personal Best(s): 60m – 7.04 (Stockholm, 2013); 100m – 10.70 (Kingston, 2012) ; 200m – 22.09 (London, 2012)
Pint-sized Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first Caribbean woman to win an Olympic 100m title, triumphing in Beijing in 2008. She repeated this feat four years later in London to become the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympics. Fraser-Pryce was famously featured in the 2008 Olympic finals as her teammates tied for second and swept the silver medals.
Fraser-Pryce enhanced her position as a force to be reckoned with by winning the 100m at the 2009 Worlds and became the second female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic 100m titles simultaneously (after Gail Devers of the US). Through hard work, she will tell you, success truly came overnight for her. Subsequently, a slew of injuries prevented her from successfully defending her World title in 2011, finishing fourth by a whisker. But she bounced back in 2013, when she also became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in a single World Championship.
Dubbed the “pocket rocket” for her petite frame and explosive starts, Fraser-Pryce is the joint fourth fastest woman in history, with a Jamaican record of 10.70secs. Not bad for an athlete whose PB, before the 2008 Jamaican Trials was a relatively pedestrian 11.33s. In preparing for the Jamaican Nationals and ultimately, the London Games, Fraser-Pryce, O.D. expanded her workload by adding the 200m, a decision that paid its weight in gold with a 10.71 run.
At the end of the 2013 season Fraser-Pryce was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year for her gold
medal performance at the 2013 Moscow World Championships and other stellar performances.
Her off-track work includes being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Grace Goodwill Ambassador and a PALS (Peace and Love in Society) partner. Now she owns her own hair business, and which athlete has more authority on hair as a woman’s beauty? Colorful hair styles have become her trademark on and off the track. She even describes herself as the hair diva.