Gabby Thomas, Athletics & “Pact with God”


Gabby Thomas is the daughter of Desmond Thomas and Jennifer Randall.

Desmond Thomas and Jennifer Randall

Desmond Thomas is of Jamaican Ancestry.

And, Jeniffer Randall is American.

Desmond Thomas and Jeniffer Randall met while both were studying at Duke University in the 1990s.

Desmond Thomas played football at Duke University.

Jennifer Randall has a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gabby Thomas

Gabby has a twin brother, Andrew.

In May of 2021, Gabby graduated from Havard University.

While at Havard U., she was a Neuro-Biology Concentrator.

She is currently studying epidemiology at the University of Texas, Austin.



  1. Harvard University
    • In her sophomore year, she opted out of competing in the US Championships.
    • Instead, she chose the “Study Abroad” program.
    • Her choice of country was Senegal in West Africa











In Words

Gabby Thomas




Thomas has also had to overcome adversity. While getting an MRI a few weeks ago for a hamstring injury, doctors found a tumor in her liver. Tests revealed it was benign. She decided to make a pact with God not to let any opportunity pass her by.

During that time, Olympic trials were coming up and I was just thinking if I make it out of this healthy, I’m going to do everything I can to live my life to the fullest, and that included making the team and winning the championship,” she told TODAY.


Life Balances



“Just finding time for myself, finding some type of calmness amid all that chaos that’s happening your freshman year was really important, but [I didn’t find that] until much later,” she told Ngozi Musa. “It was a big adjustment but I eventually got it.”

Thomas tried really hard to close her laptop not too long after midnight, putting a priority on sleep, and she took up meditation as well as other very relatable self-care rituals, such as listening to calming music, taking Epsom salt baths, and painting her nails.



One-Tenth of a Second

“To get, like, one-tenth of a second better, that’s hours and hours of work,” she said. “Because it’s short sprints, so it’s not like you have any room to mess up and make up for it.”


Kebba Tolbert

Kebba Tolbert, Harvard’s sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps coach explained, “The blessing is, you can achieve at a high level. The curse is that sometimes you don’t realize all the work it’s going to take to get to the next level, because the level you’re at came fairly easy.”





2021- Olympics Trials

  1. Meet Team USA’s Rising Track Star Gabby Thomas
    • Profile
      • Over the weekend, Harvard graduate Gabby Thomas emerged as a favorite in the 200-meter race in the upcoming Olympic Games, punching her ticket to Tokyo with one of the event’s best times ever. Joining TODAY live, Thomas says, “I’m still processing it … I’m still in disbelief.” She also talks about her health scare when a tumor was found in her liver.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- TODAY
        Date Published:- 2021-June-29th
        Date Added:- 2021-July-29th



Harvard University

  1. Gabby Thomas ’19 Accepts the 2019 Radcliffe Prize
    • Profile
      • Formerly the Radcliffe Association Award, it is presented annually to that senior woman letter winner who, through outstanding ability on the playing field, dedication to her sport, and qualities of leadership, best reflects the purposeful achievement of Harvard and Radcliffe alumni in every field around the world. The award goes to our most outstanding female athlete.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Havard Varsity Club
        Date Published:- 2019-June-3rd
        Date Added:- 2021-July-29th



2021- Olympics Trials

  1. Gabby Thomas runs 2nd fastest 200m EVER, Felix 5th in Olympic trials final | NBC Sports
    • Profile
      • Gabby Thomas wins the 200m final at the U.S. Trials in 21.61, the second-fastest time all-time behind Flo-Jo while Allyson Felix settles for fifth and does not make USA’s 200m team
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- NBC Sports
        Date Published:- 2021-June-26th
        Date Added:- 2021-July-29th


Invitational Athletics Athletic Foundation ( IAAF )

Diamond Leagues ( DL )
  1. Gabby Thomas Competes in the IAAF Diamond League
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Harvard Athletics
        Date Published:- 2018-August-27th
        Date Added:- 2021-July-31st


Referenced Materials

  1. eonline
    • Full Speed Ahead: Every Obstacle Sprinter Gabby Thomas Has Overcome to Get to Her First Olympics
  2.  Gazettenet
    • Fast lane: Gabby Thomas’ journey on the track continues with pro debut at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
  3. Wealthy Spy
    • Gabby Thomas
      • ‘I’m still in disbelief’: Track sensation Gabby Thomas talks about chasing her Olympic dream
  4. NBC
    • Today
      • ‘I’m still in disbelief’: Track sensation Gabby Thomas talks about chasing her Olympic dream

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