News Flash: NBC Visits Track Star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Jamaica

May 29, 2012

Words by Jesse Serwerโ€”

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. โ€œIโ€™d be like, โ€˜OK,โ€™ and Iโ€™d tell them that was the style,โ€ Fraser-Pryce said. โ€œI tell them itโ€™s my style.โ€

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