Sha'Carri Richardson says watching the 2020 Olympics from home was bittersweet ... admitting she was initially pissed to miss out on competing, but it ultimately helped her move on from her marijuana suspension.
Richardson -- the fastest woman in America -- is set to return to the track in the Prefontaine Classic this weekend ... her first race since being punished.
Before making her big comeback, the 21-year-old explained what it was like having to experience the Tokyo Games from a TV instead of in person ... saying it was a bit of a mixed reaction.
"At the end of the day, I did make a mistake but that doesn't take away from my talent."
"It doesn't take away from who I am."
Richardson will be able to get back on the right track against a powerful trio this weekend -- Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah,who won the gold in the women's 100-meters at the Tokyo Olympics.
Fraser-Pryce won the silver and Jackson took home the bronze in the same race.
But, SCR says she's ready for the competition and "excited" to get back on the track.
"I'm feeling overjoyed to getting back to doing what it is that I love to do."