P. T. Usha was arguably one of country’s most renowned women athletes. She virtually ruled the field and track events for almost 20 years of her decorated career. P.T. Usha was nicknamed as the "Payyoliexpress". She was also referred as the golden girl because of her unbelievable speed on the track.
Throughout her illustrious career, Usha won both several national and international awards. In a career spanning almost twenty yeas, she has won as many as thirty-three international medals which also include thirteen Goldmedals in the Asian Championships and Asian Games. She missed an Olympic Bronze medal by 1/100th of a second in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Usha for her sincere efforts and perseverance has won around thirty International Awards, for her distinction in Athletics. In the 1986 Asian Games that held in Seoul, Korea, Usha emerged the proud winner of the Adidas Golden Shoe award for the best athlete. The biggest achievement of her career came when she was named the 'Sportsperson of the Century' by the IOA (IndianOlympicAssociation).
While she was a child, she showed a flair for sports. Her will won her a grant of INR 250 from her state Kerala's government and made Usha trained at a notable sports school at Canmore. Usha participated for the first time in the National School Games in 1979. It was during this time that Coach O. M. Nambiar spotted her. He was sure that this girl had a great potential and he started coaching her. This was the turning point of her decorated career.
She has published her autobiography, Golden Girl: The Autobiography of P. T. Usha.