Allyson Michelle Felix (born November 18, 1985) is an American track and field athlete, who specialized in the 200 meters sprint from 2003 to 2013 and then gradually shifted to the 400 meters sprint later in her career.
At 200 meters, Felix is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2005-2009), a two-time Olympic silver medalist (2004 and 2008), and the 2011 world bronze medalist.
At 400 meters, she is the 2015 world champion, 2011 world silver medalist, 2016Olympic silver medalist,2017 world bronze medalist, and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist. Across the short distances, Felix is a ten-time U.S. national champion ( 2004,2005,2007-2012,2015 and 2016).
She is the daughter of Paul, an ordained minister and professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California, and Marlean, an elementary school teacher at Balboa Magnet Elementary.
Her elder brother Wes Felix was also a sprinter, winning the 2002 USA Junior Championships in the 200 meters race and later, the Pac-10 championships in 2003 and 2004 as a collegiate athlete for USC. Wes now acts as the agent for his sister.
Allyson 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.”
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