What Strict Diet Does Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Follow to Stay Competitive at 34 Years Old

Published 09/06/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Athletics – Diamond League – Lausanne – Lausanne, Switzerland – August 26, 2021 Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning the women’s 100m final REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


Shelly-Anny Fraser Pryce first appeared at the mega-quadrennial games in the Athens Olympics 2004. Shelly-Ann has successfully clinched eight Olympic medals in track and field to date. Even after having competed in five Olympic games, the Jamaican sprinting star is unstoppable at 34 years of age.

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Pryce recently stunned the world by becoming the world’s third-fastest woman in the 100m race. Sadly, she has announced her retirement in 2022, but with her performance being at its peak, she keeps getting closer to breaking the world record set in 1988.

34-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce is flexible with her diet

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Widely known as ‘Pocket Rocket’ or ‘Mommy Rocket’, Shelly-Ann has been on track for quite a while now. Olympians often follow strict diets, which helps them with their performance on the field. But the superwoman Pryce doesn’t have a particular strict diet.

Back in 2008, when Usain Bolt had won the 100m race, it was revealed that yam was an important part of his diet. But Shelly is not a fan of yams, as she likes to eat dumplings and porridge.

In conversation with Forbes, Shelly-Ann talked about her diet and how her husband cooks for her. “I’m still eating turned corn meal to this day because my husband makes it; he will put chicken in it, he will put everything in it; it makes me feel full, which does wonders for me with how hard I train. I’m not very strict about my diet,” Shelly-Ann said.

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Shelly-Ann eats to compete and not for taste

Shelly-Ann comes from a humble family background, and she has survived every up and down in life to reach the top. Athletes travel all around the world in different cultures and are exposed to different food as well. While some athletes adjust accordingly, some suffer as the adjustment isn’t always easy.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 4 x 100m Relay – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 6, 2021. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica before competing REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

Looking back to a piece of advice given by her coach, Shelly-Ann said, “My coach has always said, as an athlete, as I travel all over the world, I am not eating for taste, I am eating to compete. I’ve seen athletes go to meets and they can’t get what they want so they won’t eat. I will eat whatever is there.”

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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