World champion Sha'Carri Richardson referenced her faith in God and influence as a US track star in her victory speech, after winning the 2023 USATF Female Athlete of the Year Award.
It's a known fact that Sha'Carri Richardson has a strong faith in God's existence, which she reaffirmed after winning the 2023 Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Richardson was named the winner of the prestigious award based on her excellent 2023 season, in which she became the world 100m champion to earn the bragging rights of the world's fastest woman.
She also claimed the 200m bronze medal and anchored Team USA's women's 4x100m relay squad to the gold medal. In addition, Richardson won the US 100m title and clocked the most sub-11s times of the season in the 100m (12).
13:35 - 03.12.2023
Sha'Carri Richardson turns up the heat in a breathtaking gown as she picks her USATF Athlete of the Year Award
World 100m champion Sha'Carri Richardson was breathtakingly beautiful as she received her Jackie Joyner-Kersee Female Athlete of the Year at the USATF Awards.
In her victory speech, the 23-year-old credited her faith in God for her success, as well as her influence in the sport, and she recognizes her responsibilities as a top US athlete.
“With the God that I serve, everything happens when it’s supposed to happen. So when I stand here today as the world champion, that’s because now was the time for that to happen.
19:38 - 02.12.2023
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Now is the most impactful it would be, the most powerful it would be, and the most sincere it would be,” said Richardson.
“I understand the influence that I have, I understand the responsibility that I have to USATF and as a top female USA athlete, and to my country, and my black family, to my beautiful women, to everybody that has been misunderstood for trying to be their best selves and not be put into a category because they do track and field and have been put in a bubble."
Meanwhile, other top winners on the night were Noah Lyles taking home the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year, Discus thrower Laulauga Tausaga-Collins, who became the first USA female athlete to win a world title in a throwing event in Budapest, and Dennis Mitchell won the Coach of the Year Award.