“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”– Larry Bird
Born in 1985 in California, USA, Allyson Felix is a track and field sprinter. She is the daughter of an ordained minister and professor of the Christian faith. She calls her talent a gift from God, “For me, my faith is the reason I run….I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with and it’s all about using it to the best of my ability”.
High School Career
According to Wikipedia, Felix began competing at the high school level and was nicknamed ‘Chicken Legs’ due to her skinny legs. However, she decided to focus on her skill and not be distracted by bullies. In 2001, she won her first international title in the 100m race at the World Youth Championships. From here on, her career gained spectacular speed and shows no signs of slowing down even a decade later.
In 2003, she was named the national girls’ ‘High School Athlete of the Year’ by Track and Field News. At the age of 17, she won silver at the US indoor track and field championships.
At 18, Felix finished second at the 2004 Olympic Games in the 200m race and set a world junior record. She made her World Championships debut in 2005 and won the 200m race. Between 2005-2019, Felix has won the 2006 World Athletics Final and 2010 World Indoor Championships. Moreover, she has won 12 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals at the World Championships, making her the most decorated athlete in World Championships history. Felix is also a five-time recipient of the Jesse Owens Award (i.e., the Athlete of the Year award) from the USATF. No other athlete has ever received this award these many times.
Allyson Felix – a resilient athlete and doting mother
Her journey to becoming the most decorated female track athlete in history was not an easy one. In 2013, a hamstring injury caused her to miss training for 9 months and the 2013 World Championships. But once back in the gym, she was right where she left off, finishing her season with new personal bests in Europe.
In 2016, she suffered from multiple ligament fractures after a fall during training. She had to pull out of two meets and could barely walk. Again, unsurprisingly, the undisputed queen of sprints was back on the field in months. She ran at the 2016 Olympic Games while injured and still won two golds and a silver medal.
In 2018, she gave birth to her daughter. In less than a year, she was back on track, proving that having a child and/or becoming a mother does not mark the end of your career. Women empowerment has a new name, and that is Allyson Felix!
Olympic Games Career
Felix has competed in 5 consecutive Olympic Games and won each year. By winning gold in the 4×400m relay and bronze in the 400m race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Felix has taken her tally to 11 Olympic medals, writes the IOC. This makes her the most decorated woman in Olympic track and field history and the most decorated American track athlete!
Allyson Felix has been running for 2 decades. She has achieved what most athletes can only dream of. She has overcome injury and balanced life as an athlete, wife, and mother, something many athletes can’t master. Over her long and prosperous career, Felix has become the face of determination, dedication, and passion for sports and a role model for many aspiring track and field athletes worldwide. Her recent historic achievement makes her the symbol of empowerment and motivation. We applaud you, Allyson Felix. Thank you for making history and inspiring millions.
Team Global Child Prodigy Congratulates Allyson Felix for winning gold and bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This will inspire millions of people worldwide, including children who aspire to be like her.
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