Words by Jesse Serwer—
NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams recently traveled to Jamaica for a segment on Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, the Jamaican sprinter looking to reclaim her title as “the world’s fastest woman” at this year’s Summer Olympics in London. Fraser-Pryce, then known as Shelly-Ann Fraser (she’s since married), emerged from anonymity at 2008’s Summer Olympics in Beijing to win Gold in the women’s 100-meter dash, placing the fastest run time in that event 20 years. All that, while still rocking braces.
In the segment, Fraser-Pryce shares her experiences growing up poor in Waterhouse under the guidance of a firm mother, recalling how she was mocked at school for wearing church shoes with jeans, as her family was unable to afford sneakers. “I’d be like, ‘OK,’ and I’d tell them that was the style,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I tell them it’s my style.”