Fraser-Pryce says motivation is still there to compete- “I still feel good; I still feel hungry”

By June 13, 2023
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrating her 100m victory at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrating her 100m victory at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene.

Normally at 36-years-old, Track & Field athletes are way past their prime and getting ready to walk away from the sport.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, however, is not normal.

The three-time Olympic Champion is coming off the best season of her career and, quite possibly, the best individual season any sprinter, male or female, has had in the history of the sport.

The Jamaican won 11 out of the 12 100m races she competed in and her times were as follows: 10.67, 10.67, 10.70, 10.87, 10.93, 10.67, 10.66, 10.67, 10.62, 10.74 and 10.65. The third 10.67 performance was done to win her fifth World Championship title at the Eugene World Championships last July where she also ran 21.81 for 200m silver.

For her exploits, the legendary sprinter was named the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year at the prestigious 2023 Laureus Sports Awards in Paris in May.

With all that in mind, why would someone want to walk away from a sport at their best because of age?

Fraser-Pryce has that same question.

“Ageism is something that we should talk about because I hate the fact that a basketball player or a football player can play sport at 40, a Nascar driver or an F1 driver is 42 or 50 and he gets to continue but why can’t I continue?” Fraser-Pryce said in an interview with Athletics Weekly.

“It’s my job and as long as I’m showing up healthy, I’m going to re-write the books and I’m excited about that,” she added.

Fraser-Pryce says she hopes to keep inspiring athletes of all generations by showing them that anyone, no matter your age, can achieve great things if they put their mind to it.

“I’m hoping that I can continue not just to inspire other athletes but myself because my coach tells me every day ‘you know you’re 36, right?’ and I’m like ‘yeah that’s crazy!’ Gone are the days where, at 36, most athletes would have been retired at home doing something else at home,” she said.

“I still feel good; I still feel hungry and it’s just amazing to see what I’ve been able to accomplish over the years and the body of work. I think, at this stage, it’s really about impact and showing female athletes, or athletes overall, what you can do if you really have that conviction, and, the things that we tell ourselves, if we continue to work at that then greatness is possible from that. For me, it’s getting up every morning feeling rejuvenated; still feeling like there is something I’m chasing that is right there and I’m almost touching it, I just need a little more push,” Fraser-Pryce added.

She is currently recovering from a knee injury she sustained just a day before she was set to open her season at the Kip Keino Classic in Nairobi on May 13.

 

 

 

 

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