One chases NFL wide receivers, the other chases Olympic dreams. Both are heavily motivated in the summer of 2012.
Sanya Richards-Ross put herself in the thick of gold medal talk in the 2012 London Olympics. Her husband, Aaron Ross, just won a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants before signing a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
No words yet if the two will hold a competition to see who, in fact, is the faster of the two.
My money might be on Richards-Ross, seeing that she moves forward while her husband may constantly be backpedaling this season in the Jaguars secondary.
Richards-Ross, who was born in Jamaica but grew up in South Florida, set the American 400 record of 48.70 seconds in 2006. She was part of gold-medal Olympic 1,600-meter relays in 2004 and 2008, and she won the 2009 world outdoor title. She was injured in 2010, though, and finished seventh at last year's world meet.
She also earned her first world indoor 400 title in March. And on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic trials, she lowered her world-leading outdoor time to 49.28 seconds to win a berth at the London Games.
What makes the moment even more special is the fact Aaron will be in London cheering her on. Ross will miss part of the Jaguars' training camp to be in London to watch with as much anticipation as all other fans and supporters.
Richards-Ross is also one of a handful of great feel-good stories associated with the United States Women’s track team this year, which includes Lolo Jones and Alyson Felix.
She ran a world-best time of 22.09 on June 9, and she has no pressure because her 400 spot is secured.
"That makes it a little bit lighter," she said in an interview in the L.A. Times. "I still want to be very focused. I'm taking the race very seriously. I want to execute very well and I want to be one of the top three to make the team."
The 400-meter event may be the centerpiece of the women’s Olympic track events. It boasts a great lineup of stars, including seven of the top eight finishers in the 100, as well as NCAA champion Kimberlyn Duncan of Louisiana State. Duncan's 22.19 time three weeks ago ranks second in the world this year.
If Richards-Ross can pull off a victory in a field like that, it will be as special as her husband's achievement in the 2011 Super Bowl. And both husband and wife will lay claim to being the best in the world.
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