At 34, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is at an age when many sprinters have either hung up their spikes or looking to retire, but the ‘Mommy Rocket’ isn’t done just yet.
With three individual Olympic 100m medals, including two gold, already under her belt, – and an unprecedented four World Championship 100m titles – Fraser-Pryce still has her eyes set on standing atop the medal podium at this summer’s rescheduled Olympic Games.
In an interview with the BBC, she acknowledged that she’s “not getting any younger” but insisted it will not stop her from meeting her goals.
“If I can come back from having my son and be able to stand on the podium, my age is not going to stop me,” she told the British media house.
She added, “I’m probably older than most of the women in the race but so what? I’m just focusing on getting the job done and being happy.”
The three-time Olympian also spoke to the disparity in pay and expectations between males and females in athletics, noting that “the gap is but not fast enough”.
“If I can come back from having my son and be able to stand on the podium, my age is not going to stop me.”– Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
“As a woman you want to feel that is not the only way we should get attention. We should get attention because of how we deliver.
“It’s hard as a woman to get up every day and put in that work. To go in front of the mirror like, OK I am still not good enough. I have to do more.
“A male can put on the same shirt for a whole week and stand on the track and he runs and it’s a big deal.”
The article also features many-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix, who also shares her experiences on motherhood, sexism and the delayed Games.