Allyson Felix—is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated U.S. track stars of all time, with notable work on and off the track field. The eleven times Olympic gold medallist has always demonstrated a legendary career from championing women’s health to speaking up about racial issues.
Here are three amazing things that make Allyson Felix a champion and a boss lady in this blog.
A Track Legend
Allyson Felix—has an extraordinary record of honors. Beginning with 200m, she received the 2012 Olympics gold medal and was a three-time world champion. Felix maintained the title from 2005 to 2009. During the Olympics’ in 2008, 2012, and 2016 respectively, the mother of one won 5 gold medals as part of the USA relay teams.
She is one of the few that got to break the iconic Usain Bolt’s world records. In September 2020, Allyson won her 12th gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championships—one more than Usain Bolt.
Initially interested in basketball, Felix becomes the most decorated U.S. Olympian during the 2021 Olympic summer games. It was her fifth concessive appearance at the summer Olympics and the first since she gave birth to Camryn, her daughter.
Competing for the first time in her own shoe brand– Felix won her ’11 medals, becoming the most decorated Olympian in women’s track and field history.
A champion of charity work and women’s health
As much as Allyson is a great sprinter, she is also a generous giver!
Before hitting the headlines for her summer Olympics 2021—win, Allyson made several headlines to champion women’s health and donated through NGOs.
Women and maternity healthy have been a priority to speak on and support for Allyson—this came after she has— pregnancy complications—with her daughter, Camryn.
During the pregnancy, Felix developed pre-eclampsia, which affects people after 20 weeks of gestation or just after birth.
For Allyson, at her 32-week scan, she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which led to an emergency c section the following day.
After healing and learning more about the complications, Felix spoke in front of the United States House committee in May 2019. She opened up about her experiences as means to “petition the government to tackle systemic biases leading to disparities in maternal mortality and complications.”
Since then, she has worked with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the Hear Her Concerns Campaign. She got involved with a Better Start For All to raise more awareness about pregnancy dilemmas.
Her diligent work in championing women’s health, especially mothers, led to the monumental change for athletes who are also mothers within the sport. The most famous one led Nike to change its policy towards maternity protection for female athletes.
In July this year, Allyson Felix created a $200,000 child care fund for athletes who are mothers—to make sure mothers of young like her have financial resources for childcare.
She also donated her 2021 Olympics wining to the Right To Play organization. An organization that “uses sport and play to product, educate and empower 2.35 million children in Africa, Asia, the middle east and Canada”.
Allyson is an absolute boss lady and Stunning magazine cover
After the deal between Allyson and Nike ended in 2019 due to maternity protections, Allyson launched her footwear brand, Saysh. What a boss move it was! Saysh— is solely for designing sneakers for women by women to promote inclusivity while designing sports footwear— for females.
Allyson won her this summer Olympic games with a pair of sneakers from Saysh one.
Additionally, Allyson stuns on magazine covers including SELF, Women’s Running, Parent, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others, addressing and talking about her career journey, motherhood, and black lives matter movements.