Real Housewives of Atlanta star Sanya Richards-Ross is a celebrated Olympian who won a gold medal in the 400m relay at the 2012 London Olympics and three straight golds in the 4x400m relay in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Games. Her secret? Hard wors and good genes. Yes! Her parents were athletes too.
So, who are Sanya’s parents? Keep reading to find out.
Who Are Sanya Richards-Ross Parents?
Sanya Richards-Ross loves her parents, Sharon and Archie Richards. They are her inspiration and have always pushed her to be her “best self.”
In an interview with FloSports, Sanya mentioned that her father instilled “confidence” in her formative years. And she credited both her parents for encouraging her dreams, no matter how difficult they seemed.
“Whatever you want, we’re here to support you 100 percent,” Sanya recalled her parents often telling her.
Likewise, Sanya’s mother once shared, “I believe that if kids have your 100 percent support, they will be their best selves.”
Now, coming to the part about them being athletes, Sanya mentioned, “Both my parents are athletes, but at a young age I didn’t know that.” She recalled the time they won a parent’s race at her school and she was excited.
Meet Sanya Richards-Ross Mom, Sharon Richards
Sanya Richards-Ross’s mom is named Sharon Richards. She is one proud mother and isn’t hesitant to show it on her socials. “God knew when he gave me my daughters that I would need lifelong friends,” she once wrote in an IG post.
Here’s more on her.
Sharon Richards Age
Sharon Richards turned 58 years of age on September 18, 2021.
Her full name is “Sharon Annmarie Richards.”
Sadly, her loving dad passed away in August 2014. According to Sharon, her dad was born on the 4th of July, and since his passing, it’s been a day of sadness for her, and celebrating was the furthest thing from her mind.
However, Sharon’s mother was alive and doing well (in her mid-80s) the last we checked.
Sharon Richards Job
Sharon Richards worked as a travel advisor at Claire Skies Travel as of 2022. Besides that, she also acted as her daughter’s agent then.
Previously, Sharon took a job at American Express Business Travel for quite a while.
Is Sharon Richards On Instagram?
Yes, as of June 2022, Sharon was on Instagram @madukessharon with over 54K followers. Guess, she was quite an IG celebrity as well. Most of her posts then featured her ways of leading a “Fit, Healthy, and Fashionable Life.”
Also, here’s her Facebook @sharon.richards.33671.
Meet Sanya Richards-Ross Dad, Archie Richards
Sanya Richards-Ross’s father Archie Richards is her manager and her mentor.
From a very young age, Sanya’s dad always asked her not to be “one-dimensional.” And what he meant by that is even though Sanya was very good at sports, he wanted her not to be afraid of trying new things and to be good at many things.
“That started out with my school work. He wanted me to be good in school, so I maintained straight As in high-school and very close to that in college,” Sanya recalled.
Also, it was because of Archie’s advice, that Sanya tried several things, not just track and field. She was always the one who tried to meet new people, make networks, and was preparing for her book towards the end of her career.
“He didn’t want me to define myself as just an athlete because he knew that one day it would come to an end. So he just wanted me to have the confidence to always try new things,” Sanya explained.
Archie Richards Age
Archie Richards turned 65 years of age in December 2021.
His real name is “Newton A Richards.” He comes from a family of at least four.
Sadly, Archie’s brother Carlton passed away in 2013.
Archie Richards Job
Archie Richards has left his career behind and was dedicated to making his daughter the best in the world. He was her manager and often spoke on her behalf in most of the interviews.
Is Archie Richards On Instagram?
No, Archie wasn’t on Instagram.
However, you can spot him time and again on Sanya’s IG @sanyarichiross.
Where Are Sanya Richards-Ross Parents From?
Sanya Richards-Ross’s parents both are from Kingston, Jamaica.
They moved to the City of Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1997. And as of 2022, they resided in Round Rock, TX
How Long Are Sanya Richards-Ross Parents Married?
Sanya Richards-Ross‘s parents are married for over 37 years. Yes, they walked the aisle back on July 22, 1984, after dating for over 2 years. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person,” Sharon spilled their secret.
Even after 4 decades of togetherness, Sanya’s parents are more in love than ever. They believe that they’ve won a lottery finding each other.
How Many Kids Do Sanya Richards-Ross Parents Have?
Sanya Richards-Ross’s parents share 2 kids — Sanya and her a year-younger-sister Shari Richards.
Their daughter, Shari is a former hairstyle and the co-owner of The Hair Clinic. She started her hair salon back in 2008 and transitioned to a full-time mommy 10 years later.
The last we checked, she lived in Outskirts Of Georgia with her husband Tyrell Gatewood and their two kids named Slade and Shiloh.