Sha'Carri Richardson is a star athlete in the making.
Just last month, the 21-year-old won the women's 100-metre final at the US track-and-field Olympic trials in Oregon, securing herself a spot on the American team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.
Running with flaming orange hair, thick eyelash extensions and long, colourful nails, Richardson ran the event in 10.86 seconds. After the race, she jogged up into the crowd to hug her grandmother.
She instantly became a gold-medal hopeful and a social media sensation.
"I just want the world to know that I’m that girl," she said in a viral interview after her semi-final.
During an interview a few days before the trials, a reporter informed Richardson that her biological mother had died. It came as a complete shock.
"To hear that information coming from a complete stranger, it was definitely triggering," Richardson told the Today show. "It was definitely nerve-shocking. It was just like, who are you to tell me that? No offence against him at all. He was just doing his job. But definitely that sent me into a state of mind, a state of emotional panic.