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Allyson Felix

  • American athlete
  • Born November 18, 1985

Allyson Michelle Felix (born November 18, 1985) is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. At 200 meters, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a 3-time World champion (2005–09), and 2-time Olympic silver medalist (2004–08). At 400 meters, she is the 2015 World champion, 2011 World silver medalist, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, and 2017 World bronze medalist. Felix has won five additional Olympic gold medals as a member of the United States' women's relay teams: three at 4 × 400 meters (2008–16), and two at 4 x 100 meters (2012–16).


I grew up in a Christian home with amazing parents.




I am a big believer in visualization. I run through my races mentally so that I feel even more prepared.




My faith inspires me so much. It is the very reason that I run. I feel that my running is completely a gift from God and it is my responsibility to use it to glorify him.




I majored in elementary education, and I have a passion for kids.




My mom is great and I make sure that we pray together before every race. She helps me put everything in perspective and remind me of the real reason I run.




I'm just competitive. It doesn't matter what it is. I want to win.




Try to think of working out and healthy eating as a lifestyle. Rather than go on a diet or try a crazy exercise routine, try making them something you do every day.




The biggest way I stay motivated is to run with a group of friends. Sometimes it's hard to get going by yourself, but if you have a plan and a meeting time, you know this run will happen for sure. It's a way to have fun - while also getting in a workout. Plus it distracts from pain, helps you fight fatigue, and gives you that extra push.




You know, I love wearing heels. I wish I could wear them all the time, but, you know, my sport doesn't really permit it.




I always look back to my first Olympic medal in 2004 in Athens. I was very new to the sport, and it was my first big win at the Olympics.




I was a disruptive child.




I'm really laid back but I still like to dress up sometimes.




I am a sprinter, and I love to go fast. It's very difficult for me to be patient and follow a race strategy or conserve energy.




My speed is a gift from God, and I run for His glory. Whatever I do, it all comes from him.




I don't have a sprinter's body.




I love the relays. Track is such an individual sport, so it's fun to do something together.




The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. Lots of times we go through different trials and following God's plan seems like it doesn't make any sense at all. God is always in control and he will never leave us.




My dad's a pastor and a seminary professor; my mom, she has such great faith.




Most people don't think about plyometrics when they think about powerful strength. But I do lots of them to build mine.




I myself am frustrated in just where sports are at. It's a hard thing when you're out there working every day, and you know that someone else is cheating and they may not necessarily get caught.




I spend around two and half hours on the track every day running and another 2 hours in the weight room lifting weights with my strength coach.




The 200 meters is my baby. To me, it's the perfect distance. It's still a true sprint, but it unravels more. You get to enjoy the race a little bit more than the 100.




I have learned that track doesn't define me. My faith defines me. I'm running because I have been blessed with a gift.




I love a great pair of jeans and a nice blouse.




I spend around three hours on the track and two hours in the weight room, five or six days a week.




Philippians 1:21 is very special to me because it helps to keep my life centered.




I feel old.




Right now I'd say my favorite fashion designer is Zac Posen.




Before a race, I block out what's going on in the stadium. It's different for everyone. But for me, I've always been able to block it out. For a sprint race, it's important not to get distracted.




I've got to make sure I'm keeping weight on.

I've got to make sure I'm keeping weight on.




It was not until the end of my freshman year in high school that I thought I could really have a future in track and field. I definitely did not think I could make it to the Olympics back then, though; I was just focused on making it to the state finals!




I always want to give more than I gave yesterday.




I never let track define me. That's something that's really important to me.




Being a role model is a privilege.




I think that kids aren't even exploring the option of sports anymore, and they don't even know what they could do.



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