Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce “The Pocket Rocket aka Mommy Rocket” was born in Kingston Jamaica, and came into prominence at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Shelly ran alongside the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt. She came onto the scene earning her spot as 1 of 3 women in history to medal in three consecutive Olympics. She would have won (3) consecutive gold medals but sustained an injury in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She still thrived through her injury and earned a bronze medal for her country.
She’s done a lot of winning throughout her career. For the Olympics in 2008 Beijing Games, she won gold in the 100. She’s mostly continued that winning in the time since. She has six Olympic medals in total, two of which are gold from the 100 in 2008 and 2012. She also has 11 World Championship medals with 9 of them being gold, including wins in the 200-meter and the 4×100-meter relay. Her most recent gold medals came from 2019 World Championships in Doha. She was the first Jamaican woman to win the Gold in the 100, shocking considering Jamaica’s rich history of great runners.
She didn’t win a third consecutive medal in the 2016 Games. She’d entered 2017 with plans of training and getting into the best shape possible to win again, but life took her on a quick detour. In March 2017 she announced she was pregnant and, naturally, was focusing on being the best mom she could possibly be. She had a baby boy, Zyon, but this powerful woman wasn’t done yet. She’s already proven she still has the speed, and the Jamaican track star can become the first woman to ever win three total women’s titles in the 100 with a win in Tokyo.
Can you imagine, giving birth, then coming back better than the field, and now having the opportunity to create a historical moment for all women? Yea, we can’t either.