In her new book that was released this week, titled Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life, Olympic Gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross stunned the running community when she revealed the decision she made with husband (then-fiancé), NFL player Aaron Ross, to have an abortion just weeks before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Just two weeks after the abortion she flew to Beijing where she later took Gold in the 4×400 relay, along with her teammates, and took Bronze for her solo performance in the 400m.
“Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I’d wear,” she wrote. “I was a champion—and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair.”
It has been reported that she decided to talk about her decision to highlight choices that female runners—and other professional athletes—often have to make about starting a family when it comes to their performance and career.
In her book she also talks about her childhood and the journey she took to becoming a world-class athlete, as well as her tough decision to retire after suffering an injury before the 2016 Rio Olympics.
”Sometimes you think you are chasing a gold medal, but that’s not what you are chasing. You’re racing to become the best version of yourself,” she said.