2012 London Olympics: Sanya Richards-Ross Interview

Sanya Richards-Ross is hustling to turn her Gold Medal run at the 2012 London Olympics into a combined career in athletics and the media.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

When you talk to Sanya Richards-Ross, you realize the two-time Gold Medalist from the 2012 London Olympics has business plans that look beyond being one of the fastest women in the world.

Richards-Ross has made taking Gold home from the Summer Olympics a ritual. She won the top honor at both Athens and Beijing as a member of the 4×400 Women’s Relay Team before winning that same honor in London along with the 400 meter Women’s Single.

While London 2012 might be Richards-Ross’ final Olympics, the Florida native is steering her good looks and confident speaking voice to careers on camera and on the catwalk with interests in fashion.

Before she moves on to a career in front of the cameras outside of the world’s track and field arenas, Richards-Ross sat down with CraveOnline at USA House in London. With her Gold Medal escapades behind her, she was eager to reflect on her achievements.

CRAVEONLINE: This is your third Olympic Games. How did London stand up against Athens and Beijing?

Sanya Richards-Ross: London was phenomenal. The city has been a great host – especially because all of the volunteers who did such a dedicated job.

Of course, personally, I’ll always remember it because I won my first individual Gold Medal. London couldn’t have been more perfect. I want to thank BMW for their sponsorship and their partnership, I was fortunate to selected by them. They’ve given me the financial assistance I needed to live my dreams.

CRAVEONLINE: It seems that the Olympics here in London didn’t really get started until Track and Field was underway. Did that show in the Olympic Stadium?

Sanya Richards-Ross: That was a huge difference here in London from the other Olympics I’ve seen. I’ve never been to an Olympics and seen such a crowd for the morning preliminary sessions. To come out for our morning sessions and see the seats totally packed – that told me how successful and popular Track and Field was here.

Our team’s Track and Field goal was to come away with 30 medals for the U.S. The most we ever managed to win was was 23. To get to 29 medals here – to fall just one short – that shows how hard my teammates and I worked.

CRAVEONLINE: Did you have a chance to take in much of London during all of that enthusiasm?

Sanya Richards-Ross: Not a lot, no. I know I was going to run six days back to back at these Games. So, I basically ate, slept and trained. I’m hoping to get some fun in before I have to leave.

CRAVEONLINE: This may or may not be your last Olympics. But, between now and Brazil, what are your plans?

Sanya Richards-Ross: I have a few more meets yet this year. Then, my husband (NFL defensive back Aaron Ross) and I are moving to Jacksonville because he’ll be playing for the Jaguars. That’ll be a new experience for both of us.

I have TV appearances coming up, and I still like to sing and dance. But, I want to run again. I want to train and make it to Rio. That’s very much on my mind.