Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: A Sprinting Legend’s Final Run at the Paris Olympics

  • PublishedFebruary 9, 2024

Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a three-time Olympic champion, has announced that the 2024 Paris Olympics will mark her final competitive appearance on the track. This decision comes as she reflects on her illustrious career and prioritizes her family’s support and her personal journey beyond athletics.

Fraser-Pryce’s legacy is undeniably remarkable, with her groundbreaking achievements spanning over four consecutive Olympic Games. From her historic gold medal win in the women’s 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to her recent successes at the Tokyo Games, where she clinched a silver medal and relay gold after becoming a mother in 2017, she has consistently defied expectations and set new standards of excellence in sprinting.

In an interview with, the 37-year-old sprinter expressed gratitude for her family’s unwavering support throughout her career. “My son needs me. My husband and I have been together since before I won in 2008. He has sacrificed for me,” she shared, emphasizing the pivotal role they played in her journey. “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,” she added, underscoring her decision to pursue new endeavors beyond athletics.

As Fraser-Pryce sets her sights on Paris, she is determined to approach the Olympics as an opportunity to push her boundaries and inspire others. Despite facing formidable competition from athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson and Elaine Thompson-Herah, she remains focused on finishing her career on her own terms. “It’s about showing people that you stop when you decide. I want to finish on my own terms,” she asserted, reaffirming her commitment to ending her career with agency and purpose.

Fraser-Pryce’s impact transcends her accolades on the track. In 2019, she made history by becoming the oldest woman to claim the 100-meter world championship title, a feat she repeated in 2022, showcasing her enduring talent and dedication to her sport. Beyond her individual achievements, she remains dedicated to paving the way for future generations of athletes to dream big and pursue their passions.

As she embarks on her final Olympic journey, Fraser-Pryce leaves behind a legacy of resilience, determination, and trailblazing success. Her remarkable career serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and the boundless potential of the human spirit.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Written By