Season 14 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta introduces fans to its newest peach holder, Sanya Richards-Ross. The six-time Olympic champion joins the Bravo cast alongside Kandi Burruss, Drew Sidora, Sheree Whitfield, Kenya Moore, and Marlo Hampton. Before Sanya signed on to the show, news surrounding RHOA increased following Cynthia Bailey and Porsha Williams’ exits in 2021.
Like many cast members, RHOA fans will get to know Sanya as she juggles her career, multiple businesses, and personal life. Before her debut, take a look at the Kingston, Jamaica native’s family.
Sanya Richards-Ross and her husband, Aaron Ross, have one child together.
Sports analyst Sanya met her current husband, former New York Giants player Aaron Ross, during her time as a track and field runner. In 2010, the couple got married on Sanya’s birthday at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. During their first years of marriage, Sanya and Aaron navigated their relationship and stellar careers. Two years after their wedding, she would make history as the first American woman to earn multiple global 400-meter titles.
After deciding to retire in 2016, Sanya became pregnant with her and Aaron’s first child. In February 2017, they welcomed their son Aaron Jermaine Ross II into the world. While discussing the pair’s new edition with People, Sanya admitted to feeling guilty when she has to work instead of being around her child, who she nicknames “Deucey.”
In addition to her Olympic accolades, the 37-year-old reality star has several businesses and three books under her belt.
“The hardest part of mothering has been the ‘mommy guilt’ I feel when I have to leave for work,” Sanya shared with the outlet in 2018. “I know it’s important for me to continue doing the things I love to do, and one day it will set a great example for my son, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I hate missing even the smallest of milestones.”
Sanya Richards-Ross is already bonding with some of the ‘RHOA’ moms.
Sanya will likely share her struggles of balancing work and motherhood during her first season of RHOA. The battle is something Kandi knows too well, as she’s shared her perspective of juggling her personal and professional lives.
Kandi and Sanya’s desires to find balance in their worlds seemingly contributed to them becoming close friends since she joined the show. In April 2022, the RHOA stars jet-setted to Florida for a spring break trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. Sanya posted several moments from the trip, including adorable photos of her, Aaron, and Aaron Jr. enjoying some much-needed relaxation time.
“This is your reminder to always make space in your life for last minute, impromptu magic,” Sanya captioned. “Thanks, Todd and Kandi, for inviting us on your anniversary weekend to a family spring break getaway for the ages! I pray Deucey remembers all these beautiful moments. I know I will.“
Catch new episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Sunday nights at 8 p.m. EST.