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Jason Richardson is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. He is a contender in the men's 110m hurdles. Richardson is the reigning world champion in the event. He went sub-13 twice in one day at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Richardson first won his semifinal heat in a personal best 12.98. He then went on to finish as the runner-up in the final, also in 12.98, and qualify for his first Olympic team.

Although he is just starting to come into his own as an athlete, Jason Richardson has already begun thinking about what he wants to do when his competing days are over. His answer might surprise you. "I would like to do nothing," he said. "I would like to amass wealth and prestige and invest well [enough] that I could sit up in the house and eat Skittles until I figure out what else moves me in life."

Richardson found himself in fortuitous position during the final of the 110m hurdles at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. Initially, it appeared that his run of 13.16 seconds would be good enough for silver behind world-record-holder Dayron Robles of Cuba. But Chinese officials appealed the result, claiming that Robles interfered with Liu Xiang in the next lane, preventing him from the winning. China won the appeal and Robles was disqualified, elevating Richardson to the gold-medal position.

Richardson turned professional in time for the 2009 season and decided to focus solely on the 110m hurdles. His best performance of the year was a 13.29 that came in Gainesville early in the season. He first ran on the Diamond League circuit in 2010, but also finished last in the 110m hurdles final at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships. In 2011, he twice ran a personal-record time of 13.15 seconds at Nationals, where he finished third behind David Oliver and Aries Merritt. During the 2011 Diamond League season, he also won in Stockholm and came in second to Dayron Robles in London.

Richardson jokes that he got his trademark dreadlocks between his sophomore and junior years of college, mostly to cover up a misshapen skull. "My head is really small, and it's shaped like a peanut," Richardson explained, "so I told myself that I need to keep hair on my head at all times, and I'll cut it off when I stop being vain."

Richardson focused on his studies in 2007 as an injury ruled him out of the entire track season. His final year at South Carolina proved to be his most successful. In the 60m hurdles, he was runner-up at the Millrose Games, Tyson Invitational, SEC Indoors, and NCAA Indoor Championships, where he ran a personal-best of 7.53 seconds. Outdoors, he won the SEC title in the 110m hurdles and ran a personal best of 13.21 seconds to claim the NCAA Regional title before he went on to win at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Having seen his two older sisters review scores of financial aid packages while they were going through the college admissions process, Richardson was determined to use his strength in hurdling as a means of earning a college scholarship. That offer came from South Carolina, where he narrowed his focus to short-sprint hurdling. As a freshman, he won bronze medals at the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. Injury affected his 2006 indoor season and he failed to finish at the NCAA Indoor Championship after falling at the second hurdle. Outdoors that year, he finished runner-up in both hurdles competitions at the SEC Championships and third in the 110m hurdles at NCAAs.

Richardson began participating in track and field as a 12-year-old, and showed an immediate talent for the hurdles. Nevertheless, his parents still emphasized academics and he also represented his school on a national level as a member of the debate team. Hurdling eventually won out, and by the time he graduated from Cedar Hill High School, he had run the third fastest ever time in the 400m hurdles for a high school athlete. In 2003, Richardson got his first taste of international competition at the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec where he became the first athlete ever to win gold in both the 110m and 400m hurdles.

Richardson describes his upbringing as being something out of the Cosby Show. "I grew up about 10 to 15 minutes from Dallas," he said. "No inner-city, no tough life. I don't make any apologies for that. I didn't go to private school, just a good, quality public school with clean bathrooms." Richardson added that education is the bedrock of his family. His mother is a secretary working for the state of Michigan. His father is a civil engineer. One of his sisters is an accountant and the other is a lawyer. Richardson studied sports entertainment management at South Carolina.


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Age: 30 years old
Birthday: April 4, 1986
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Hometown: Cedar Hill, TX
Current Residence: Inglewood, CA

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