Allyson Felix 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, and 2-time Olympic silver medallist.
At 400 meters, she is the 2015 World champion, 2011 World silver medallist, 2016 Olympic silver medallist, and 2017 World bronze medallist.
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).
The 2012 U.S. Olympic 4 x 100 meters team also set the women’s 4×100 meters world-record that still stands.
Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, and is tied with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, with a total of nine Olympic medals.
Felix is also the most decorated athlete in IAAF World Championships history with 18 career medals.
Felix’s 200 meters best of 21.69 secs from 2012 ranks her sixth on the all-time list. In 2013, she broke the world best for the rarely contested 150 meters distance, running 16.36 secs.
In the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2015 World Championships, she ran the fastest split ever recorded by an American woman, and third fastest split ever after Jarmila Kratochvilova and Marita Koch, with 47.72.
She is a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s “Project Believe” program. She is coached by Bobby Kersee.
- Full name: Allyson Michelle Felix OLY
- Profession: American track and field athlete
- Born: 18 November 1985 (age 34 years), Los Angeles, California, United States
- Height: 1.68 m
- Weight: 55 kg
- Olympic medals: Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women’s 4 × 100 metres relay, MORE
- Parents: Marlean Felix, Paul Felix
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About Allyson Felix
Allyson was born on 18 November 1985 (age 34 years), Los Angeles, California, United States.
Felix is a devout Christian and the daughter of Paul, an ordained minister and professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Santa Clarita Valley, California, and Marlean who is an elementary school teacher at Balboa Magnet Elementary.
Her older brother Wes Felix is also a sprinter. Also running the 200 m, he was the USA Junior Champion in 2002 and the Pac-10 champion in 2003 and 2004 while running for USC. Wes now acts as the agent for his sister.
Felix describes her running ability as a gift from God, “For me, my faith is the reason I run.
I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it’s all about using it to the best of my ability.”
Felix attended Los Angeles Baptist High School in North Hills, California, where she was nicknamed “Chicken Legs” by her teammates, because the five-foot-six, 125-pound sprinter’s body had skinny legs despite her strength.
Her slightness was at seeming odds with her speed on the track and strength in the gym, where, while still in high school, she deadlifted at least 270 pounds.
Felix credits much of her early success to her high school sprint coach, Jonathan Patton.
Felix began to discover her athletic talents after she tried out for track in the ninth grade. Just ten weeks after that first try out, she finished seventh in the 200 m at the CIF California State Meet.
In the coming seasons, she became a five-time winner at the meet. In 2003, she was named the national girls’ “High School Athlete of the Year” by Track and Field News.
As a senior, Felix finished second in the 200 m at the US Indoor Track & Field Championships.
A few months later, in front of 50,000 fans in Mexico City, she ran 22.11 seconds, the fastest in history for a high school girl (though it could not count as a World Junior record because there was no drug testing at the meet).
Felix graduated in 2003, making headlines by forgoing college eligibility to sign a professional contract with Adidas.
Adidas paid her an undisclosed sum and picked up her college tuition at the University of Southern California. She has since graduated with a degree in elementary education.