Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce put her speed to the test at her 5-year-old son's Sports Day event, competing in the parent race and taking home a gold medal.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, one of the world's most celebrated track and field athletes, recently shared a heartwarming memory on her Facebook page. The eight-time Olympic medalist joined in on her 5-year-old son Zyon's school sports day event, and despite her coach advising her against participating in the parent race, she couldn't resist the urge to compete.
"I initially had no intention of running in the parent race -- even my coach advised me not to run but my teammates weren't doing so hot," Fraser-Pryce wrote in the post. "As an Olympian, it just didn't make sense for us to leave without bringing home a single piece of gold, so I decided to race."
A video captured by Amelia Gordon shows the decorated runner doing what she does best - flying down the grassy track, leaving everyone else in the dust, reported Good Morning America.
Fraser-Pryce joked that she felt like she had "been waiting all my life for this moment." In the end, the Pryce family had a successful sports day, earning two bronze medals, overall 4th place, a participation medal and a first-place medal in the women's parent race. Fraser-Pryce expressed her pride for her son and the happiness that he enjoyed the event.
Fraser-Pryce's dedication to her sport is well-known, and her decision to participate in her son's sports day event is just another example of her passion for running. The Jamaican sprinter has won numerous accolades throughout her career, including four gold medals in the 100-meter event at the World Championships.
Fraser-Pryce is also a role model for young athletes and women around the world. She has been vocal about the challenges she has faced as a female athlete, including balancing motherhood and training and has used her platform to advocate for gender equality in sports.
According to The Guardian, Fraser-Pryce is the third-fastest woman of all time. With a best of 10.6 seconds in the 100m, she comes in behind Florence Joyner-Griffith and Elaine Thompson-Herah.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 🇯🇲 showed up and floored everyone in the parent's race at her boy's school.😂😂— oluwadare (@Track_Gazette) March 31, 2023
She is surely having fun! pic.twitter.com/F3HSg5g4c7
Fraser-Pryce's involvement in her son's sports day demonstrates that even elite athletes can derive happiness and satisfaction from ordinary moments with their families. Her resolute desire to emerge victorious, even in a casual contest, speaks to her competitive nature and passion for running. This heartwarming anecdote highlights the enduring joy that can be found in the company of loved ones.
As Fraser-Pryce said in her Facebook post, "All in all I'm SO proud of my son and happy he enjoyed sports day." And we're sure that Zyon was equally proud of his superstar mom.