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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Jamaica. She is making her second appearance at the Games, where she figures to be a medal contender in the women's sprints. A virtual unknown four years ago, Fraser-Pryce stormed to victory in the 100m in Beijing and followed it with a world title in 2009.

With an automatic bye into the World Championships as the reigning 100m champion, Fraser-Pryce opted to focus on building her strength by incorporating more 200m races into her 2011 season. She scored victories at the longer distance at the Jamaica Classic and Jamaica Invitational meets in Kingston and a third-place finish at the Diamond League Weltklasse Zurich meet. At the World Championships, Fraser-Pryce won her first two heats of the 100m before finishing fourth in the final in 10.99.

In January of 2011, Shelly-Ann Fraser married longtime boyfriend Jason Pryce. The two began dating when Fraser was 19 years old and got engaged in 2009. Fraser-Pryce said she used the happy occasion to clear her mind of the negativity around her 2010 doping suspension and begin the year and defense of her world title on a positive note. "Going through planning my wedding, I was still all over the place, but it was much better to think about," Fraser-Pryce said "After my wedding the training went really, really good. I was renewed in spirit and everything. I have a positive outlook on life again. Negative energies don't come closer than my chest and then I bounce them off."

In 2010, Fraser-Pryce was chosen as her country's first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador, a role she has embraced whole-heartedly. "I think it is not difficult being an Olympic and World champion," Fraser-Pryce said. "That's normal. Being a role model is really, really difficult because children live what they learn and will do whatever they see. When I speak to children I tell them about how I made it and how I didn't become a statistic succumbing in the same community."

Fraser-Pryce was just getting her 2010 season going when she learned that she had tested positive for a banned substance. Before the competed in her Diamond League opener in Shanghai, she had undergone an oral procedure and her doctor prescribed oxycontin for pain. According to Fraser-Pryce, she took one pill, which triggered the positive test in Shanghai. The infraction drew a six-month ban from competition and all of her results from 2010 were disqualified. "What was the most embarrassing thing for me was when I went on the IAAF doping list and saw my name," Fraser-Pryce said. "I freaked. I didn't go to training for days. I sat home and I cried. I was hysterical. I couldn't sleep and I couldn't eat for days. I have nothing to hide and am very genuine in everything that I say. I did not take this pain killer knowing that it was on the banned list. But it happened and it was a setback in my career."

In 2009, Fraser-Pryce proved that her Olympic victory was no flash in the pan. She broke 11 seconds in the 100m seven times in 16 races, the first coming in a victory at the Jamaican National Championships, where she ran 10.88 into a 1.5 meters-per-second headwind. Later that summer at the World Championships in Berlin, Fraser-Pryce exploded out of the blocks and held off late charges from teammate Kerron Stewart and American Carmelita Jeter to win the 100m gold in a national-record 10.73. She later ran the second leg on the Jamaican 4×100 meters relay team that won gold.

Few outside of Jamaica knew anything about Fraser-Pryce heading into the 2008 Olympics, other than she was a promising talent who trained with Asafa Powell's MVP Club in Kingston. In Beijing, she gradually began to emerge on the contender's radar. In her first round heat of the 100m, she placed first in a time of 11.35. In the quarters, she improved her time to 11.06 seconds, finishing first in her heat. In the semifinals, Fraser again finished in front, outsprinting teammate Kerron Stewart and U.S. Olympic Trials champion Muna Lee in 11.00. In the final, Fraser-Pryce led a Jamaican sweep of the medals, winning the race in a personal-best 10.78. Fraser became the first Jamaican woman ever to win gold in the 100m and her time was the second-fastest 100m ever recorded by a Jamaican woman, a mere 0.04 seconds of Merlene Ottey's national record.

Through the charity of others, Fraser-Pryce had her tuition to Wolmer's Girls School paid for in full. She had always shown a proclivity for running — the neighborhood gang members nicknamed the barefoot-running Fraser "Merlene" after nine-time Olympic medalist Merlene Ottey — and used that as her ticket out of Waterhouse, earning a scholarship to the University of Technology in Kingston in 2006.

Fraser-Pryce's mother, Maxine Simpson, was determined not to let her daughter become a victim of Waterhouse's cycle of paucity. "My mother is self-employed, she goes on the road and sells things," Fraser-Pryce explained. "Some days she would come in from work and say that she didn't make any money that day because nobody bought anything and we didn't have enough to eat. But she paid a lot of attention to me and was so strict. I would not be outside during the week when I had school. Coming back from school, the gang men sometimes would say things but I would walk by, never answer, and my mom would go tell them leave me alone."

Fraser-Pryce spent her formative years living in Waterhouse, a neighborhood located between Washington Boulevard and Spanish Town Road in the parish of Saint Andrew on the outskirts of Kingston. The place is so infamous for acts of violence that its sections are dubbed Moscow, Havana, Cuba and Samokan in tribute to criminal hot spots and the nefarious characters that lived in those areas. Her cousin was shot dead a few blocks from home, but she said, "I think the worst thing that I saw in Waterhouse were girls my age who were getting pregnant by these big men who just sit on the streets and have nothing to do. Most of the time, these girls' mothers put them out there to sleep with older men for money. When they become pregnant and don't have an education, it's almost as if they are stuck in the same situation as their parents. It's just a terrible cycle."


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Age: 29 years old
Birthday: December 27, 1986
Height: 5' 3"
Weight: 115 lbs.
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Current Residence: Kingston, Jamaica

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