Sanya Richards Ross at the 2012 Olympic Media Summit

May 13, 2012

The USOC Team USA 2012 Olympic Media Summit is taking place in Dallas Sunday thru Tuesday. On Sunday track and field stars, Allyson Felix,  Sanya Richards-Ross, Wallace Spearmon, Lashinda Demus, Trey Hardee, Jillian Camarena-Williams, Brittney Reese, and Hyleas Fountain addressed the media. A full recap of Sunday's highlights from the track and field athletes can be found here.  If you're just interested in Sanya Richards Ross, we've got video of  our talk with her below along with the textual part on Sanya from our full Day 1 recap.

Sanya Richards-Ross Has Put Misdiagnosis of Behcet's Disease Behind Her, May Try 200/400 Double

Sanya Richards-Ross also does not have an individual Olympic gold medal. Richards-Ross, the 2009 World Champion at 400m, missed most of the 2010 season with various injuries including a thigh injury, then came back last year to place 7th in the World's 400m final.  2012 started off well with a win at the most recent World Indoor Champs. The big thing for Sanya Richards-Ross is being healthy again. Not only are her injuries gone, but her overall health is better. Richards-Ross in the past thought she suffered from Behcet's disease an immune disease that causes fatigue. She confirmed what she said earlier this spring, that she now believes the diagnosis of Behcet's disease to be incorrect and she is off the Behcet's medication. She and her coach Clyde Hart however do not want to say what the new diagnosis is.

Sanya said, "Being able to run and feel 100 percent healthy is the greatest feeling. I started off well, but it's a long season. I just try to be patient and hope for the best." Richards-Ross opened up the possibility of attempting the 200/400 double saying, "I'm definitely going to run the 400-meter. If things are going really well, I may try to run the 200, but at this point I really want to focus on my 400."

Richards-Ross' husband, Aaron Ross, two time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, recently signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Richards-Ross is so focused on training, she let Aaron pick out their house in Florida, only seeing a virtual tour herself.

Richards-Ross outdoor season started to a 50.11 loss to Novlene Williams-Mills at the Jamaican Invitational last weekend. When asked if getting beat was a good motivator, Richards-Ross said she thought she beat herself in Jamaica with a few mistakes in the race.

Sanya Richards Ross Healthy Again:

*Full Day 1 Recap: Allyson Felix,  Sanya Richards-Ross, Wallace Spearmon, Lashinda Demus, Trey Hardee, Jillian Camarena-Williams, Brittney Reese, and Hyleas Fountain
*More on Allyson from ESPN


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