Who is Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s husband? Stardom hasn't affected her marriage a bit
While Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is known to regularly post about son Zyon on social media, husband Jason Pryce rarely makes an appearance
The legendary career of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican sprinter crowned the fastest woman alive with a timing of 10.63 seconds, is one of the most decorated in Olympics history. Her accolades have been well documented, but little is known about her personal life, especially her relationship with doting husband Jason Pryce.
Shelly-Ann took a short break from the track following her 2017 pregnancy, but returned with a vengeance taking several Diamond League titles and then the World Championships. The 'Pocket Rocket' turned 'Mommy Rocket' is not looking to ditch her sprinting spikes anytime soon, and while she is known to regularly post about her son, Zyon, on social media, her husband rarely makes an appearance. Here's a sneak peek into Shelly-Ann's marriage.
According to FirstSportz, the reigning world champion married her longtime boyfriend Jason Pryce in January 2011 at The Tryall Club in Hanover. The pair first met in 2007 when Pryce came down to the University of Technology in Kingston to meet his friend, former Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, during training. Shelly-Ann was reportedly a student at the university.
“When I go to training with Asafa I used to see her,” he told Jamaican Observer in 2012. “She was just looking a way out. She was just always training hard,” he said of his wife and her humble beginnings.
Despite his wife's worldwide fame, not much is known about Pryce, who has been described as a shy and quiet person. He would sometimes sit by her side at press conferences to give her company. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has previously spoken of her husband’s contribution to her success and how she wouldn't have been able to do it without him.
“My husband will say that my work is hard and (he knows) how everything has shaped my life,” she said in 2012, as quoted by the Jamaican Observer. “He has been there 100 percent and I don’t know what I would ever do without him. That’s one of the reasons I feel that if you feel you have chosen the right person for you then you will know. We are self-approved. We don’t need anybody’s approval. We have the approval of God,” she added.
Pryce agreed, explaining that his wife's stardom hasn't changed anything for them and that he was glad to be her husband. “We always close and we just always try to keep it that way and keep it professional. I’m very happy to be her husband,” he said at the time.
The pair welcomed Zyon to this world on August 7, 2017. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are powerful, I know that full well," Shelly-Ann wrote on Facebook, announcing his birth. "Welcome Zyon D. Pryce, August 7, 2017! To God be the glory for the things he has done," she wrote alongside a photo of herself and her husband.
Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce shot to international prominence after winning a surprise gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She has since bagged six Olympic medals and nine World Championship medals.