I wonder how much of Sanya’s situation was really about “lack of education” and more about “pressure to perform.” Guess I’ll have to read the book someday.
About the US athlete (from Wikipedia):
Sanya Richards-Ross (born February 26, 1985) is a former Jamaican-American track and field athlete who competed internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the 400 metres after finishing third at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Richards-Ross has also won Olympic gold in the 4×400 meters relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was the best 400m runner in the world for a decade, ranking No. 1 in the world from 2005-2009 and again in 2012.
“Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican-American track and field athlete who competes internationally for the United States. She is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters and the winner of multiple Olympic gold medals. Off the track, Sanya is an entrepreneur, TV personality, public speaker, and humanitarian. She designs and executes sports clinics across the United States to educate, empower, and teach youth with tools and strategies to excel both on and off the track. Sanya is married to two-time Super Bowl champion Aaron Ross and they live in Austin, TX.”
About her book:
“Sanya shares triumphant as well as heartbreaking stories as she reveals her journey to becoming a world-class runner. From her childhood in Jamaica to Athens, Beijing and London Olympics, readers will find themselves inspired by the unique insights she’s gained through her victories and losses, including her devastating injury during the 2016 Olympic Trials forcing career retirement just weeks before Rio. Sanya demonstrates how even this devastating loss brought her closer to the ultimate goal of becoming all God created her to be.
”Sometimes you think you are chasing a gold medal, but that’s not what you are chasing. You’re racing to become the best version of yourself.”
From Daily Mail: A double-gold Olympic medalist claims every female track-and-field athlete she knows has undergone an abortion. Sanya Richards-Ross, 32, says pregnancy and abortions are issues ‘that are not really talked about, especially in sports’.
It comes as the Jamaican-American athlete reveals in her new book that she underwent an abortion – just one day before leaving for the Beijing Games.
‘I literally don’t know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn’t had an abortion and that’s sad’ she said in an interview for Sports Illustrated Now. ‘So, for me, I’m hoping that this will open up some discussions – to helping especially a lot of young women who were in my situation not experience what I did‘.
Richards-Ross, who won the 400 metres and 4x400metres titles give years ago, said she was 23-years-old when she had her abortion, in 2008.
The track-and-field athlete, who went on to win individual bronze and relay gold in Beijing, said: ‘At that time in your life when you’re in college, you don’t feel comfortable talking to your mom. So, a lot of information you get is from your peers. It’s going to sound silly to some people but, in our community, people don’t want to take the pill because you put water weight on.’
‘And then people tell you when you’re extremely fit you can’t get pregnant because our cycles are shorter. So, there’s a lot of miseducation that happens to young women in college, because we’re educating ourselves.’
It comes after British ex-400m hurlder Tasha Danvers said she nearly had an abortion just months before the 2004 Olympics.
Richards-Ross was appearing on Sports Illustrated Now to promote her new book, Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life.
She told the program: ‘After the [abortion] procedure, I wasn’t even supposed to run. The doctors told me “take 14 days off” – I didn’t have 14 days – but it was more for me about the spiritual and emotional part of the experience that I wanted to share.’
‘I knew God had forgiven me for it but really forgiving myself for that choice and really moving on and, now that I’m going to be a mother and now that God has blessed me again, I felt I kind of needed to purge myself of that and hopefully help others do the same.’