Elaine Thompson-Herah has found a new home.
On July 14, the fastest woman alive made the official announcement that she signed with PUMA.
Newest PUMA Family Member
“PUMA just felt like the right fit, a company that has been working with the World’s Fastest Man for decades,” said Thompson-Herah in a statement, who is the first woman to win the “sprint double” at consecutive Olympics. “I’m excited to be part of such an elite group and can’t wait to get started. I really want to break the 100-meter world record. The current one has been undefeated for 34 years. Now is the time. I think there’s still a lot I can unleash.”
PUMA CEO Bjørn Gulden Shares A Statement:
“We are thrilled that Elaine has chosen to join the PUMA family. With her speed she embodies everything we stand for as a brand. Elaine ran the second-fastest time in women’s history last year and is only 0.05 seconds off a world record. She really targets the 100-meter world record and we want to help her achieve that goal with our most innovative performance products.”
Elaine Thompson-Herah Leaves Nike
Thompson-Herah joining the PUMA roster follows her leaving Nike. The 30-year-old has pulled a similar move to Allyson Felix’s departure from the company due to their lack of support for pregnant female athletes and new mothers. For Thompson-Herah, her relationship reportedly became strained with Nike after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At the time, she removed the company’s name from her social media bio, according to EssentiallySports.
“The incident happened when Nike failed to recognize Thompson-Herah’s triumph at the Tokyo Olympics. Despite posting the second-fastest in Oregon, Elaine never received her credit,” the outlet details.
It appears that like Felix, Thompson-Herah has learned her worth.