She’s already one of the fastest women on the planet, but Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce hopes to make history as the fastest at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “The thing with success is, when you get it you want it,” Fraser-Pryce told Rock Center with Brian Williams. “I think that the last couple of years have actually made me more hungry than I was, and now that I realize my potential and I realize that I can do so much … once I push myself to the limit, maybe I can do that much better.”
Fraser-Pryce, 25, won the Olympic gold medal at the 2008 summer games in Beijing, China, where she crushed her competition in the 100-meter race. Her winning time –10.78 seconds – was the fastest winning time since 1988. She was also the first Jamaican woman to win gold in the 100 meter dash. Fraser-Pryce’s win helped Jamaica become the first country to claim all the individual sprinting gold medals since the United States in 1912. However, her success was not a foregone conclusion.
“When I got to the Olympics, I wasn’t thinking about winning a gold medal,” she said. “They were saying I should not run because I am too young, and I am new and I need more experience.”
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