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“Not Bad for an Athlete”: Jamaican Legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Feels Pride Recalling Days Leading Up to Retirement

Published 03/20/2024, 1:00 PM EDT

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 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been a dominant name in track and field history annals. But, the Jamaican sprinting legend has been making headlines across the globe for her hard work on and off the tracks. “to enrich the lives of student-athletes by supporting their educational development and fostering sustainable community-building initiatives,” mentions the official website of the Pocket Rocket Foundation. 

Running the foundation since 2012, Shelly is now more focused on her track and field career. Recently, Shelly got into the limelight for reminiscing about her old days. 

A glimpse into the legacy of remarkable Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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To share the recent photo uploaded by Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Roridunk took it to his official Twitter account and reposted the photograph of the Olympic legend. Alongside the picture, he penned, “Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce reminisces on her days at Champs in front of her statue at the national stadium.”

The photograph featured Shelly with a black and white top paired with black pants and heels, posing beside her statue. While getting pictured, she looked up at her statue and made gestures to reflect on her past before coming up on international tracks. “Not bad for an athlete that won her first and only individual gold medal in the 100m in Class 2 at Champs in 2004.” captioned Shelly on her Facebook post. 

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Hailing from Jamaica, Shelly has been among the greatest sprinters of all time due to her unforgettable impact on track and field annals. From her first Olympics at Beijing 2008, Shelly laid a strengthening foundation by becoming the first Caribbean Woman to clinch 100m gold.  

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After this, she never looked back and clinched a 100m Olympic bronze in London 2012, followed by a bronze at the 2016 Rio and a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, for the first time, the Jamaican sprinter reminisced about her journey on the road to success. But why is Shelly looking feeling nostalgic?

Shelly’s Farewell to tracks

The major reason behind reminding herself of her old days is the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. Interestingly, this season will be the last for the woman who won the 100m world title. In an exclusive interview with Essence.com, Shelly said, “There’s not a day I’m getting up to go practice, and I’m like, ‘I’m over this’…My son needs me. My husband and I have been together since before I won in 2008. He has sacrificed for me.”

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She added, “We’re a partnership, a team. And it’s because of that support that I’m able to do the things that I have been doing for all these years. And I think I now owe it to them to do something else.” Now, spectators are eyeing their favourite women sprinter to come up at tracks to give her a well-deserved final bow. 

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Yashika Dutta

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Yashika Dutta is an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports who actively covers NCAA Division 1 Volleyball. This state-level basketball player showcased her journalistic skills by covering live stats of the 2023 Big Ten Volleyball Championships and the 2023 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Championships. Beyond the thrill of the court, Yashika delves into the combating realm covering NCAA wrestling, especially the celebrated careers of David Taylor and Spencer Lee. To know more about her, follow Yashika on:-
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Sampurna Pal