2012 Summer Olympics Spotlight Series: Sanya Richards-Ross

With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games just around the corner, Rant Sports is spotlighting some of the outstanding athletes who will be representing the United States of American in London later this month.

In this Fourth of July edition, we introduce American track and field standout, Sanya Richards-Ross who will be competing in her third Olympic Games.

Born in Jamaica, Ross moved to Florida at the age of 12 and became a US citizen at the age of 17. During high school, she excelled on the basketball court, on the track, and in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society, Ross graduated with a 4.0 grade point average, and was named the National High School Female Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year, and Track and Field News Women’s Prep Athlete of the Year.

After high school, Ross attended the University of Texas at Austin where, as a member of the Texas Longhorns track and field team, she was a 5-time NCAA champion and garnered 11 All-American honors in her two collegiate seasons.

It was there that she would meet her future husband, NFL football player Aaron Ross.

But Aaron Ross knows not to race his wife. He claims that she believes he would beat her, and he’d rather her go on believing it, without proving otherwise. Pretty wise man, it seems, judging from her accomplishments.

After her time at Texas, Ross would continue to shine in her professional career, winning six World Championship titles, and two World Championship silvers, all in the 400 m and 4X400 m relay.

She captured her first Olympic gold as a member of the 4X400 m relay team in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and added another gold, again in the 4X400 m relay in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Ross captured her first individual medal in Beijing as well, a bronze in the 400 m.

She is off to a great start this year. Since 2012 began, Ross has set four world-leading times in her first three races this year and captured another World Championship gold.

But her ultimate goal remains unfilled.

Though Sanya Richards-Ross and her husband Aaron Ross have garnered quite a family collection over the years (between them they  have 5 NCAA track titles, 1 NCAA football title, 2 Super Bowl Rings from Ross’ time with the New York Giants, and 2 Olympic gold medals), one thing is still missing: an individual Olympic gold.

Richards-Ross is hoping that all of that will change in London, and that she will bring home her first individual Olympic gold medal to complete the family’s collection.


Join us tomorrow as we feature another American athlete who will competing for the gold in London later this month.

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