August 24, 2022
Allyson Felix is the most decorated female Olympic athlete in track and field history. She is a five-time Olympian and has competed in every Olympic Summer Games since 2004. At age 35, Felix was part of the 4×400 meter relay team that won a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She also won an individual bronze medal in the 400 meter in the Tokyo Games. During her long and successful Olympic career, Felix won a total of 11 medals for Team USA. Her medals include seven gold, three silver, and one bronze.
Felix began running during her freshman year at Los Angeles Baptist High School. In 2003, she was honored as a “Track and Field High School Athlete of the Year”. After high school, Felix attended the University of Southern California and also went pro. Felix continued to run and compete professionally while working toward her college degree. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education.
While Felix announced her plans to retire from track after the 2022 season, she continued to support Team USA. After a brief one week retirement in July, Felix answered a phone call from the Team USA coaches and made a return to the track to help the 4×400 meter women’s relay team compete in the preliminaries at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The women’s relay team placed first in the preliminary rounds and secured a spot for their teammates who were scheduled to run in the finals. It was a thrilling last race for Felix.
Felix will continue to make an impact on women’s sports in the years ahead. Be on the lookout for Felix’s next chapter as a mother, advocate, and activist for both women’s health and rights. Felix is the mother of a daughter named Camryn who was born in 2018. In 2019, Felix left her affiliation with Nike because the company was not supportive of her decision to become a mother while continuing her professional running career. Felix persevered and decided to find a new sponsor that would support her choice to become a working mother. This led to Felix’s partnership with Athleta. She felt that Athleta was the right fit for her as a new mother because she and the company share the same values of supporting girls and women. She is also a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation, which advocates for girls and women in sports and promotes equal pay for women that are involved in sports.
Felix has high standards for herself and believes that it is important to act with character and integrity. Recently, Felix has launched her own shoe brand called Saysh, which makes shoes that are designed specifically for women’s feet. Felix is a big advocate for women, and is also an incredible athlete and a role model to many people.