Fast Facts

  • Moved from Jamaica to Florida with her family at age 12.
  • Just before leaving Jamaica, her mother said, "You are a faster than a speeding bullet," and gave Richards a necklace with a bullet pendant that she still wears as a good-luck charm.
  • Twice named Florida High School Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a National Honor Society membership.
  • Became a U.S. citizen in 2002.
  • Won Olympic gold in the 4x400m relay in 2004 and 2008, and bronze in the 400m in 2008.
  • Diagnosed with Behcet's syndrome, an immune-system disease that causes skin lesions, in 2007.
  • Her pre-game marriage proposal in 2007 from fiancé Aaron Ross, cornerback for the New York Giants, was televised nationally during halftime by NBC; their 2010 nuptials were featured on the Season 4 finale of Platinum Weddings.
  • Co-owns an Austin hair salon with her mom and sister.


  • Aaron Ross — Husband
  • Newton Richards — Father
  • Sharon Richards — Mother
  • Shari Richards — Sister


  • University of Texas, Austin, TX (BBA in Management Information Systems, 2006)


  • Birth Place: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Birthday: February 26, 1985, Pisces
  • Profession: Track and field athlete
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