She’s in fashion

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross has as many shoes as she does race wins, and that’s saying something. Read on to find out how fast she can go in stilettos…


Winning in style: SRR at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

If you could chose another track event to star in, what would it be?

The 1500m/mile because so many people outside the sport can relate to that race. Many casual runners refer to their personal best time running a mile. 

What is your favourite pre-competition snack? 

I always try to keep a snack in my bag for a quick pick-me-up before a race. A staple I usually go to is a Nature Valley granola bar.

What are your plans for today?

Visit the salon I co-own with my sister in Austin, Texas, head to the gym to lift weights and get a run in on the Alter-G treadmill… All while a film crew follows me around!

Nice! If anyone could play you in a film who would it be?

Sanaa Lathan. Not only is she is a great actress, but because so many people say we look alike, and our names are already so close!

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Jamaica. I love going back. I lived there until I was 12 but I still enjoy going as a tourist. Taking in the beautiful scenery, white sandy beaches and awesome food.

Besides yourself, who is the most fashionable athlete?

Blanka Vlasic. She’s always on top of the latest trends in fashion and beauty.


A laughing Vlasic towers above Lamine Diack, David Rudisha and Prince Albert II of Monaco, as you do.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever worn?

A pantsuit that was improperly hemmed at New York fashion week after the Olympics. The hem fell and it looked like I borrowed pants from someone who is much taller than me.

It still looks bang on trend to SPIKES! Who is your favourite clothes designer?

Max Azria for BCBG. I just love the beauty of the their brands and how they fit, they’re my go-to designer of choice.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

I’d have to say it’s around 75 pairs.

Seventy-five! You could wear a different pair on your hands AND feet every day for a month! 
How fast do you think you could run one lap in a pair of stilettos?

Hmm…I’d have to guess about two to two-and-a-half minutes!

What is the most expensive item of clothing you’ve ever bought?

I have two special items that were similar in price: a Louis Vuitton coat and a Chanel handbag.

If you could have a fashionista dinner party, which three guests would you invite?

Karl Lagerfeld, Andre Leon Tally and Anna Wintour. These people, among many others, have been at the forefront of fashion for my generation, and I’d love the chance to pick their brains on their experiences, the history of fashion and what’s next.