She is called the Pocket Rocket, the Jamaican athlete who hails from Wolmer’s Girls High school burst on the scene in 2008 when she won her 1st Olympic gold medal which would be the beginning of a career that included 4 World Championships and 2 Gold medals (making her the undisputed 100m track queen of her generation). All of this success for a woman sprinter was already historic. Throughout this period her contagiously wonderful smile, humble spirit and constant positive Christian references made her a fan favourite.
Coming into the Rio Olympics there was a lot of hype to the fact that she could do what no woman in history has ever done and that is win the Olympic gold a 3rd time. Fraser-Pryce had made the Jamaica Olympic team, however she was injured, she had suffered a toe injury earlier in the year and many thought she would not have made it to Rio. She even won her heats and the semi-final, however when she completed the Semi-final she was clearly in pain, so much show she bent over crying. She had to be helped off the track. The pressure was on.
Then came the final. Shelly burst out of the blocks, a bit slower than her norm, ten seconds later she crossed the line 3rd with her teammate Elaine Thompson from Jamaica coming in 1st. Fraser-Pryce ran through the pain to achieve the medal. Although clearly disappointing Fraser-Pryce showed amazing grace by immediately hugging the winner in what seemed an extremely sincere embrace and celebrating with her. She even stated later that this was her favourite medal for all that she had to battle to achieve this.
By coming 3rd Fraser-Pryce has exhibited the best of the human spirit in such a situation. She already was a legend for all she had done, now she has taken everything to another level. Thank you Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Here is more of what she said after the race.
“Jamaica is officially on the medal count! The ceremony for the 100m final will be at approximately 7:15pm……
When God remains faithful and gave you more than you could ask for. We don’t get To pick our battles and that’s ok. But you get to give it everything you have. My greatest accomplishment Is showing up at that line and feeling thankful for the opportunity. I witness Elaine taking her moment and I’m happy because she deserves it, A time and season for everyone so take your bow. It will be a pleasure to stand on the podium with you. To my family both in blood and in Christ, Your prayers were my strength and your belief carried me the extra mile. I could not quit because it’s not in me. In the good and the ugly, I will always show up. To my sponsors, thank you for standing with me. My friends and my fans, you never stopped believing so why should I. Sometimes when we believe we have something to lose we actually have everything to gain. It was a #PrycelessJourney!”
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce