Sanya Richards-Ross Biography
Sanya Richards-Ross is an American television personality, former Olympic champion, and entrepreneur famously known for becoming the Olympic champion in 2012, the world champion in 2009, the Olympic bronze medalist in 2008, and the world silver medalist in 2005. She is also a new cast member in the 14th season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta which premiered on May 1, 2022.
Sanya Richards-Ross Age
Richards is 37 years old as of 2022. She was born on February 26, 1985, in Kingston, Jamaica, and celebrates her birthday on the 26th of February every year.
Sanya Richards-Ross Height
Richards stands at a height of approximately 1.73 meters.
Sanya Richards-Ross Family- Parents
Richards is the daughter of Archie and Sharon Richards. However, not much is known about her parents as she has not disclosed their details to the public yet. Shari Richards, Richards’ sister, is a former hairstylist and co-owner of The Hair Clinic. Shari opened her salon in 2008 and became a full-time mommy ten years later. Shari and her husband Tyrell Gatewood have two children, Shiloh and Slade. She also works as an author for Sanya’s MommiNation and owns the Lade + Loh clothing line, which is inspired by her children.
Sanya Richards-Ross Husband – Wedding
Richards is happily married to Aaron Ross, a former cornerback for the Texas Longhorns. They met at the University of Texas at Austin, where they were both students, and got married in 2010 in Austin’s Hyde Park Baptist Church on Sanya’s birthday. Their wedding was featured on WeTV’s Platinum Weddings. They are proud parents of a son in August 2017 who they named Aaron Jermaine Ross II and he is also known as Deucey.
Sanya Richards-Ross Net Worth
Richards has a net worth of $2.5 Million which she earned through her successful career as a former Olympic champion, entrepreneur, and television personality.
Sanya Richards-Ross Salary
Richards earns an annual salary ranging from $ 450,000 – $ 1 million.
Sanya Richards-Ross Education
Sanya began her education at Vaz Preparatory School and afterward transferred to Immaculate Conception High School. Her family relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida so that she might attend an American high school and possibly obtain an athletic scholarship to an American institution.
She enrolled in St. Thomas Aquinas High School, where she graduated in 2002, and participated in basketball, field, and track competitions while there. She was also named National High School Female Athlete of the Year, with a 4.0-grade point average. She was also a silver medalist in the 400-meter race at the 2002 World Junior Championships.
She went on to the University of Texas at Austin, where she won the 400 meters event at the NCAA national championship in 2004 during her freshman year. Sanya also won the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200-meter dash. She earned a business degree from the University of Texas in 2005.
Sanya Richards-Ross Career
Richards-Ross became the first freshman to win the NCAA national championships in the 400 meters and the 4×400 meters relay while competing for the University of Texas in 2003. Her triumph in 400 meters set the then American U20 record of 50.58 seconds. Later that June, at eighteen years of age, the rookie Longhorn guaranteed her most memorable senior public title by winning the 400 meters in 51.01 seconds at the 2003 U.S. public titles and qualified for the 2003 Paris World Championships. In Paris, she completed fourth in her 400 meters semi-last and didn’t continue on toward the last. Nonetheless, Richards-Ross actually got back home with gold decoration in the 4 × 400 meters hand-off subsequent to mooring Team USA to a triumph.
Richards-Ross qualified for her most memorable Olympic group by running 49.89 seconds to put second in the 400 meters at the 2004 U.S. Olympic preliminaries. In the 2004 Olympic 400 meters last, Richards-Ross completed 6th with a period of 50.19 seconds, behind her two American comrades Deedee Trotter and Monique Hennagan, who both missed the platform too. The American ladies looked to recover from their frustrating run by winning gold in the 4 × 400 meters transfer, days after the fact. In the wake of leaving Athens, Richards-Ross did without her school qualification at Texas, contending as a Nike-supported competitor and preparing under the then head Olympic-style events mentor of Baylor University, Clyde Hart.
Richards-Ross, 20, failed to hold her lead coming off the second curve in the 400 meters final at the 2005 Helsinki World Championships and was passed by 2004 Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas, who won in 49.55 seconds, a season’s best. Richards-Ross attributed the heartbreaking defeat to her inexperience as a young professional athlete, claiming that she was too focused on beating her main competitor before the final 100 meters to trust her race strategy. In Zürich, she went under 49 seconds for the first time with a personal best of 48.92 seconds, the fastest time in the world that year.
Quest for the American 400 meters record, set at 48.83 seconds by Valerie Brisco-Hooks, became Richards-Ross’ objective of the 2006 season. Driving into the World Cup race in Athens, the American lady was on a predominant win streak and held the world-driving season of 49.05 seconds. She completed the World Cup race in 48.70 seconds, supplanting Brisco-Hooks as the new American record holder in the 400 meters. At that point, this individual best positioned her as the seventh-quickest lady ever at the distance.
Richards-Ross and her preparation accomplice Jeremy Wariner were granted the 2006 Jesse Owens Award by USA Track and Field after both were undefeated for the whole season and each won their $250,000 part of the IAAF Golden League. Competitors who win each of the six Golden League meets on an occasion guarantee a portion of the $1 million bonanzas.
Sanya Richards-Ross 2007 Olympics
For the 2007 season, Richards-Ross chose to grow her list of references, hustling more 200-meter runs and testing her capacity to conceivably seek after the uncommon 200-400 meters twofold Olympic triumph in Beijing the next year. Just a small bunch of competitors have at any point accomplished such an accomplishment, including Michael Johnson, her mentor Clyde Hart’s reality extraordinary student. Things wandered from her arrangement, as she completed fourth in the 400 meters occasion at the 2007 U.S. public titles, just fitting the bill for the 2007 Osaka World Championships by putting second in the 200 meters, behind ruling 200 meters title holder Allyson Felix. In Osaka, Richards-Ross ran 22.70 seconds to complete fifth, as colleague Felix effectively guarded her title against quite a while back.
Both American ladies rejoined for the ladies’ 4 × 400 meters transfer, assisting Team USA with winning gold, in front of the Jamaican group and the British group, which included the new 400 meters title holder Christine Ohuruogu and 400 meters silver medalist Nicola Sanders. Regardless of neglecting to qualify in her unmistakable occasion at the public titles and leaving Osaka with just an onlooker’s memory of the singular race, the 23-year-old American lady actually completed the year undefeated in the six Golden League 400-meter races and with the main world positioning. Considering her season, she conceded that the terrible spotlight on the quarter-mile race was the best justification for her loss, after continually moving mentalities and procedures to race the 100, 200, and 400 meters all through the season.
Coming into 2008, notwithstanding being among the most productive sub-50 second 400-meter runners of the 10 years, Richards-Ross still couldn’t seem to win any singular world or Olympic title. Up to that point, the youthful competitor had run an aggregate of 27 races beneath the 50-second hindrance. In the wake of winning the 2008 U.S. Olympic preliminaries, Richards-Ross was expected to win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Notwithstanding, in Beijing, the weighty most loved floundered, falling off the bend with a tremendous lead and having nothing passed on to get back home. She hung on for the bronze award as Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain and Shericka Jackson of Jamaica flooded ahead. Richards-Ross later retaliated for her singular misfortune by making up a ten-meter shortage in the ladies’ 4 × 400 meters transfer and getting the Russian runner on the anchor leg just before the end goal, permitting Team USA to win by a 0.28-second edge.
Sanya Richards-Ross Olympics 2009
Richards-Ross won the 400 meters U.S. public title in 50.05 seconds, 0.74 seconds over second-place finisher Debbie Dunn, and qualified for the 2009 Berlin World Championships. In Berlin, she won her most memorable worldwide 400 meters title by ruling the 400 meters last beginning to end, winning in 49.00 seconds, and demonstrating to her faultfinders that she could perform on the game’s greatest stages.
Sanya Richards-Ross 2012 Olympics
With four successes in four indoor races added to her repertoire coming into the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, she got a reverberating 400-meter triumph in Istanbul with a period of 50.79 seconds, 0.97 seconds in front of the Russian next in line. Her most memorable indoor world title introduced some genuinely necessary certainty as the open-air season started. Richards-Ross conclusively won the 400-meter last at the 2012 U.S. Olympic preliminaries, tying the Olympic preliminaries record of 49.28 seconds and procuring a billet to her third sequential Olympics.
At the 2012 London Olympics, the champion willed her legs to pull in front of the field with fifty meters left of the race, and in the last minutes, which nearly reflected the 2008 race in Beijing as Ohuruogu shut down rapidly on the main American, Richards-Ross clutched win in 49.55 seconds, at last procuring the gold award that had long escaped her. This triumph turned into whenever an American lady first had won the occasion in 28 years since Valerie Brisco-Hooks in 1984.
She also earned a gold medal in the 4x400m at the 2013 World Championships, and she was named Visa Humanitarian of the Year in 2015. She also participated in the USATF’s Win with Integrity program, for which she was given a scholarship.
Sanya Richards-Ross Retirement
Richards-Ross hurt her calf muscle shortly before the 2015 US national championships, causing her to finish sixth in her semi-final and miss out on qualifying for the 2015 Beijing World Championships. Despite not being selected for the solo team, the track veteran was chosen to compete in Beijing in the women’s 4 x 400-meter relay. She helped the United States team win silver by running a 51.5-second leg. Richards-Ross later confessed that, as she nears the end of her career, she may have overtrained, which contributed to her quick decline in the second half of the season.
She announced her retirement by the end of the track season in 2016. The reigning 400-meter Olympic champion suffered a right hamstring injury at the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials, forcing her to abandon the race and salute the Hayward Field crowd one more time.
Sanya Richards-Ross Breathing
In a 2017 interview with The CUT, she said that people who run short sprints prefer to breathe through their noses rather than their lips. If you’re going for a lengthy run, she recommends breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Sanya Richards-Ross NBC
Richards-Ross joined the NBC broadcasting team as a track and field analyst for big events such as the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics shortly after retiring.
She also covered the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials for NBC Sports, where she was a guest analyst. She also co-hosted Central Ave, a syndicated weekly lifestyle show.
Sanya Richards-Ross The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Bravo announced in October 2021, that Richards-Ross was joining the 14th season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. She features in the show alongside;
Sanya Richards-Ross Medals
Richards-Ross earned three straight Olympic gold medals in the 4x400m relay: Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, and London in 2012. She has also won a total of five relay medals at various World Athletics Championships.
Sanya Richards-Ross Show
In 2013, Richards-Ross debuted her WE tv reality TV show Glam and Gold, which followed her as she juggled appearances, operated businesses, trained for the track season, and balanced life with her husband and family. The series was primarily shot in Austin, but it also traveled to Florida, New York, and Jamaica, where she led Team SRR on an Olympic victory lap and celebration.
Sanya Richards-Ross House
Aaron purchased a 2,950-square-foot home in Austin in mid-2009. The home offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a relaxing garden hammock for relaxing after a long day on the track or field.
Sanya Richards-Ross Illness – Misdiagnosed
In 2017, Richards-Ross was incorrectly diagnosed with Behcet’s Disease. The condition is characterized by an excess of cold sores and lesions in both the mouth and the body.
Sanya Richards-Ross TV Shows
- Sanya’s Glam and Gold
- A Shot at Glory
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta