August 24, 2022
Gabby Thomas took home two medals from her first Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020 where she got a bronze medal for the 200-meter and a silver medal for the 4×100 meter relay. While training for the Olympics, Thomas ran track for Harvard University and was named “Ivy League’s Most Outstanding Track Performer” in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, she graduated from Harvard with a degree in Neurobiology.
Inspired by her brothers who have ADHD and Autism, Thomas was drawn to study neurology in college. While her original plans were to become a working scientist right after she graduated from college, a great race at the Olympic trials changed the timeline for Thomas’s career plans. Thomas ran the 200 meter race in a record setting time of 21.61 seconds. This time made Thomas the all time third fastest 200 meter women’s sprinter. In a mind blowing turn of events for Thomas, she beat her running idol, Allyson Felix in this Olympic qualifying race. Her winning time secured her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
This spring, Thomas competed at the Doha Diamond League and earned another amazing achievement on the track with a record time that beat Allyson Felix’s 2012 200 meter record of 21.69 seconds. Thomas won the 200 meter with a time of 21.61 seconds. Thomas is sponsored by New Balance and has plans to continue competing. She is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University of Texas.
Based on her success at the Tokyo Olympics and her performance in recent races, Thomas does not seem to have peaked yet. Thomas plans to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympic games and there could be gold in her future.