After finally grasping her elusive gold in the women’s 400 meter race, Fort Lauderdale’s Sanya Richards-Ross tried for a medal one more time in the 4 x400 meter relay Saturday.
Richards-Ross and her team - Dee Dee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCrory - crushed the field, finishing in 3:16:88, four seconds ahead of the Russians who came in second.
A graduate of the University of Texas, 27-year-old Richards-Ross ran locally for St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Born in Jamaica, Richards-Ross now resides in Texas and is married to Aaron Ross, a defensive back for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the National Football League.
After a disappointing finish in Beijing in 2008, where she came in third place in the 400 meter dash, Richards-Ross arrived in London seeking redemption, and she found it.
Richards-Ross won the 400 meter race in 49.55, edging out the defending champion, Christine Ohuruogu of Britain, who finished in 49.70.
“I wish that I could have this moment for life..... #OperationGold complete! http://instagr.am/p/N9-XQLkQ_8/” she tweeted following the race.
Days later, Richards-Ross fell short in the 200 meter race, coming in fifth.
“Not the result I'd hoped 4 but what a thrill to be a part of such a great field! By far these Olympics have been the greatest exp of my life” she tweeted.
Richards-Ross topped off her Olympic journey in London Saturday, where she impressed with her iconic look on the track.
The athlete has taken to the track with her hair braided along the top and let loose in golden waves. She told the Today Show she not only likes to run well but to look good doing it.
“My entire family, we’re all about fashion and hair,” she said on the Today Show. “And my sister and I have our own salon and hairline so it’s just a part of who we are and I bring that to the track. I love looking good, running good, feeling good.”