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Sanya Richards-Ross

Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican-American field athlete, an entrepreneur, an author, and a TV personality. Sanya Richards-Ross has bagged four Olympics gold and authored three books.

Early life and Childhood

Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican-American. She was born on 26 February 1985 in Kingston, Jamaica. In 2023, she is 35 years old. Her mother is Sharon Richards and her father is Archie Richards.

She also has a sister Shari Richards. In addition, they are also business partners.

She started running at the young age of 7. Hence, the family moved to Florida, the USA to provide the best resources available for future professional athletes. In 2002, Richards-Ross became a naturalized citizen of America. At present, she lives in Austin, Texas.

Sanya Richards-Ross

Caption: Sanya Richards-Ross (Source: Women Fitness)


Talking about Richard’s education, before moving to the States, Richards-Ross attended Vaz Preparatory and the Immaculate Conception High School in Jamaica. Later she attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She graduated in 2002 with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Likewise, she joined the University of Texas at Austin from 2002 to 2005.

Sanya Richards-Ross – Body Measurements

As a professional athlete, Sanya Richards-Ross has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m). She weighs 62kg (137 lbs) and has dark brown eyes. Similarly, she has naturally dark brown hair.

However, she colors her hair frequently. Honey blonde, black, honey brown, and dark red are some hair colors Richards-Ross has experimented with.

In addition, she also experiments with her hairstyles. Cornrows and curls are her signature hairstyles. Along with these, Richards-Ross is also seen sporting curly, straight and wavy hairstyles frequently. There were a few times she cut her hair shoulder length.

Professional life

Sanya Richards-Ross started a professional career as a track and field athlete in 2004. Prior to this, she won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship during her freshmen at the University of Texas in 2003.

She played for the USA at numerous Olympics and other International games during her tenure. Additionally, she was the World Champion for a decade.

In total, Richards-Ross has bagged over 5 golds in the individual 400 m race and 8 golds in 4 × 400 m relay in international platforms.


Caption: Sanya Richards-Ross with the American flag after winning gold at 2012 Olympics, Source: New York Daily

Likewise, Richards-Ross has won several awards. Some of her remarkable achievements include USATF Youth Athlete of the Year in 2003

  • IAAF World Athlete of the Year in the year between 2006 and 2009
  • Jesse Owens Award in 2006 and 2009
  • Visa champion and Humanitarian Athlete of the Year in 2005
  • USA Junior and High school 400m record holder  

Sadly, she announced her retirement in the 2016 Summer Olympics due to her serious injury in the right hamstring.

Along with being an athlete, she has a business partnership with her sister Shari Richards. They own a hair extension line called Rich Hair Collection and a hair salon called The Hair Clinic. Both are located in Austin, Texas.

In addition to this, Richards-Ross is also a television personality. Her TV reality shows Glam and Gold premiered on WE tv on 25 July 2013. The show follows her interacting with her family, running her business and traveling.

In addition, she has also authored three books. Run With Me (for kids), Right on Track (for teens) and Chasing Grace (for adults) are the three books written by Richards-Ross for three different age groups.

Sanya Richards-Ross – Social Media

Sanya is very active on social media. More than 334k people follow her Instagram (@sanyarichiross). She frequently updates her Instagram with family photos and events she attends. Likewise, she has over 190.7k followers on Twitter (@SanyaRichiRoss).

We can also find her on YouTube channel with 4.54k subscribers and we can also visit her personal website. In addition, she is also available on Facebook 304k followers.

Personal life

Sanya married American footballer Aaron Ross on 26 February 2010. The couple met during her freshman year at the University of Texas. They married after being engaged for three years.

The couple welcomed their son Aaron Jermaine Ross II on 12 August 2012. Hence, their only baby recently turned 7 years old.


Caption: Sanya Richards-Ross with family at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Source: Instagram/sanyarichiross