BET Awards 2024: Sha’Carri Richardson is Racing Towards Sports Superstardom

The track and field star is set to take the world stage at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Sha’Carri Richardson is rapidly becoming a well-known name in athletics. From her collegiate achievements to her impressive rankings in the World Athletics standings, the 24-year-old has proven herself as one of the most talented and dynamic athletes of her generation.

This year, the Dallas native is nominated for the “Sportswoman of the Year” Award at the upcoming BET Awards 2024 hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson. She will be in prestigious company alongside elite athletes like A'ja WilsonCoco Gauff, Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Angel Reese, Flau'Jae Johnson, and Juju Watkins.

Her nomination underscores her status as a formidable presence in the sports world. Before Culture’s biggest night, discover why we believe Sha’Carri is on the fast track to sports superstardom. And don’t miss the BET Awards 2024, airing on Sunday, June 30th at 8 pm, and the return of the BET Experience. For more information and tickets to the BET Experience 2024, Presented by Walmart, click here.

  • Record-breaking performances

    Sha’Carri burst onto the scene with record-breaking performances that left the track and field world in awe. In 2019, she set a new collegiate record in the 100 meters at the NCAA Championships with a time of 10.75 seconds, making her one of the fastest women in the world at just 19. 

  • Vibrant personality and style

    Known for her colorful hair, long nails, and bold fashion choices, Sha’Carri brings a refreshing and unapologetic flair to the track. Her confidence and charisma make her stand out in competitions and resonate with young athletes seeking role models who embrace individuality. Sha’Carri has cited the late Olympic track and field legend Florence Griffith Joyner as her style inspiration.

  • She’s resilient amidst controversy.

    Sha’Carri’s journey to the top has not been without its challenges. She has faced personal and professional obstacles, including the highly publicized suspension in 2021 that kept her from competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Despite these setbacks, Richardson has shown resilience and determination.

  • Making Team USA

    As a global ambassador for track and field, Sha'Carri continues to attract a growing fan base and inspire aspiring athletes worldwide. With immense potential for future achievements, many anticipate that she will excel in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

  • She ranks among the best

    According to the World Athletics ranking system, Sha’Carri Richardson is the fourth-ranked female track and field athlete globally. In the 100 meters, she is ranked first with a World Athletics score of 1,480 and sixth in the 200m category. 

    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET. 

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