Sanya Richards-Ross from Kingston, Jamaica wasn't born in Texas but she got here as fast as she could. In two short years at the University of Texas (2003-2004) she became a five-time 400m NCAA champion and earned All-America honors 11 times. Richards-Ross joined esteemed 400m coach and fellow TSHOF member Clyde Hart in 2004 and the pair quickly set their sights on Olympic gold. At the 2004 Athens Olympics she was a member of the U.S. gold medal 400m relay team. In 2008 at Beijing she again won gold on the 400m relay but settled for bronze in the 400m after suffering a mid race cramp. Leading up to the 2012 Olympics she became the U.S. indoor and outdoor champion in the 400m and then topped it off by winning the World Indoor championship as well. At the 2012 London Olympics she accomplished a rare feat by winning gold in both the 400m & 4x400m relay. Her 400m victory made her only the second American woman to ever win the event and the first to do so since Valerie Briscoe-Hooks in 1984. She is the American record holder in the 400m (48.70) and a six-time U.S. outdoor 400m champion. Richards-Ross also won a total of six world championship titles in her two events. Her impressive resume includes the IAAF World Female Athlete of the Year and the Jesse Owens Awards in 2006 & 2009. In 2005 she was named the Visa Champion and Humanitarian Athlete of the Year. In 2011 she was inducted into the University of Texas Women's Hall of Honor. She is married to New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross. Richards-Ross was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Sanya Richards-Ross

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