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Awesome Olympic Names: Spotlight on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

It’s not everyday you have a double-hyphenation in a name, and while it is true that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce deserves non-ridiculous, achievement-based coverage, Words to Bumble is still going ahead and commending her on an awesome Olympic name and for being so charming and bubbly in her overall demeanor.

Also loving her for her utterly calm, confident and chill pre-race bearing. Even before the 100m dash final, there is she, strutting to her place, body language declaring, “Whatever, I’m going to win. You guys are all silly.”

And she did, in 10.75, just .03 ahead of American Carmelita Jeter, with fellow Jamaican Veronica Campell-Brown clocking in at 10.81.

In case you live under a rock, Fraser-Pryce was defending her 2008 title from Beijing (run in 10.78), when the 100m dash medals were swept by Jamaican women. Hers was the first 100m gold medal won by a Jamaican woman at the Olympics.

Other awesome things about Fraser-Pryce: her 2008 win in Beijing allowed her the opportunity to continue her education and become the first member of her family to earn a degree. Also, her mother once threatened a man with a cutlass after a young Fraser-Pryce told her mother that he had been harassing her and saying that it was about time she start having sex—which is pretty badass of her mom.

Fraser-Pryce is still up to run in the 200m and the 4x100m relay over the course of next week.


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