Publisher inks three-book deal with Olympian
An Olympic track star for the U.S. has written her memoir, which will be published by a local publisher.
Grand Rapids-based Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, said this week it will publish three books by five-time Olympic medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, including an inspirational memoir set for release next July.
Richards-Ross will share her life story of growing up in Jamaica and her rise to track superstardom.
She will detail how she conquered the half-mile and how she applies the same principles to the various facets of her life.
Richards-Ross is the fastest American woman in history in the 400-meters event, according to Zondervan. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the London 2012 race, Richards-Ross dramatically claimed her title as the world's best in the quarter mile.
Off the track, Richards-Ross is an entrepreneur, entertainer, TV personality, public speaker and humanitarian. She is the founder of the Sanya Richards-Ross Fast Track Program, which has provided hundreds of children in Kingston, Jamaica with literacy training, physical education and healthy meals.
Richards-Ross said she’s telling her story, because she has become “acutely aware that this journey is so much bigger than track.”
"Every lesson I learned was not just for me to become a better runner. They were intended to make me a better person,” Richards-Ross said. “I now see that every victory and every loss only clarifies God's lens and produces a life captured in a perfect photo finish."
Carolyn McCready, the book’s executive editor, said Richards-Ross’ story of “life-changing wins” and “crippling defeats” will “inspire readers to believe all things are possible."
Richards-Ross will also write a book for readers ages eight to 12 that will be released next August. The book shares stories of her running career, as well as key messages of faith, focus and following dreams.
Young adult book
Zondervan plans to release a young adult non-fiction book in 2018 that will offer advice to teens based on Richards-Ross' personal story, focusing especially on achieving goals, standing out from the crowd and owning one's identity.