Shelly-Anne Fraser

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Shelly-Ann Fraser

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a world-champion, Olympic gold medalist and a Jamaican sprinter with a childlike exuberance for running. Born on the 27th of December 1986 in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce inducted herself in history when she became the first female Jamaican athlete to win a gold medal in the 100 meter Olympic at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Nicknamed "Pocket Rocket" due to her small 5 ft 1 in frame and her speed out of the blocks, Fraser-Pryce was raised by her mother a street vendor and grandmother in Waterhouse, one of the poorest communities in Jamaica.

Athletically gifted from a young age, Shelly-Ann's track career started when she made the track team at the Wolmer's High School for Girls in Kingston. This allowed her to participate in the Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships, Jamaica's high school track and field meet. She suffered defeats in the earlier parts of the meet before finally proving her natural talent for sprinting.

Fraser-Pryce went on to specializing in the 100 meter and in the 2005 CARIFTA Games she won the bronze in the 100 meter and earned gold in the 4x100 meter relay. Upon graduating high school, she began training at the M.V.P. Track and Field Club in Kingston. In 2007 she earned a silver medal for being one of the runners in the qualifying round of the IAAF World Championships 4X100 meter relay, where Jamaica earned the silver medal in the final.

After her taste of success at the World Championships, in 2008 she commanded global attention when she shocked the world by winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympic in a time of 10.78 seconds, the fastest time in the world. She also won the gold at the World Athletics Final in Stuttgart.

At the Berlin World Championships in 2009, Fraser-Pryce earned two gold medals when she blazed to victory in the 100 meter and ran the second leg of the Jamaican 4x 100 meter relay team. In the same season she won the silver at the World Athletics Final. At the London Summer Olympic Games she won her second straight Olympic gold medal in the 100 meter, which made her the first woman since the American Gail Devers to repeat victories in the 100 meter race.

In 2010, Fraser-Pryce served a six-month ban for testing positive for the banned substance oxyodone at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, which was in a medication she took for a toothache. However, this did not dampen her bubbly spirit. Shelly Ann proved herself to be the best once again by becoming the first woman in history to win a Triple World Sprint Championship, when she won the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4x100 meter races at the World Championships. While working on her sprinting career, she earned a degree in Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Technology in Kingston.