Raised by a minister, track star Allyson Felix grew up surrounded by boys – perhaps unconventional for an innocent preacher’s daughter. Yet all peer jokes and promiscuous stereotypes aside, the truth is Felix enveloped herself with the male crowd so she could beat them in sports. To this day, that training has paid off in spades.
Felix at an early age looked up to God, but also her brother, Wes, who trained as a competitive track athlete. She would often join Wes’ friends in whatever sport they were playing as a way to prove she could hold her own. Apart from being track stars at the University of Southern California (USC), both Felix’s were also basketball players. Allyson made her high school varsity team as a freshman, donning her brother’s number. Their family values remain so strong that Wes is currently her full-time agent.
She trusts him so much that she will not hesitate to go to any event he schedules. When Wes referred her to his fitness coach from USC, there was no debate. Despite her 5’6”, 120-pound frame, Felix has placed a strong emphasis on strength and can often be found training in the presence of NFL and NBA players. Her gains are present in the video below. Her work ethic on top of the relationship she holds with her brother make her a Role Model for siblings everywhere and females whose skills are doubted due to gender.
Felix’s passion for gold is definitely paramount. It takes someone with a similar passion to understand the countless hours she puts in toward her goals. It makes sense then that her current boyfriend, Kenneth Ferguson, is also a track athlete. Ferguson has witnessed her vigorous training pay off at the past two Olympics where she took home four gold medals (2008 – 4x400m; 2012 – 200m, 4x100m & 4x400m). Although she failed to qualify for the 200m event by .01 seconds, Felix will enter the 2016 Olympics poised to represent the United States in the 400m starting August 13 and the 4x400m on August 19.
Outside of family and track, Felix is equally as passionate. Her athleticism and perseverance as a Role Model led President Obama to add her to his Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in 2010 as part of the “Let’s Move” initiative. She was then named an ambassador for Right to Play, which uses “the power of play to educate and empower children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities,” in North America, Africa, and Asia.
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As a younger sibling who understands the benefits of having someone to look up to, Felix has been anything but reluctant to give back to the community. Back at the Olympics, don’t be surprised to see Felix showing off her beautiful smile yet again, similar to the beaming faces she produces through her charitable endeavors. And at the end of the day, whether she wins gold or not, what matters is she’ll still be a leader, inspiration, and idol that all can look up to and follow. A true Olympic champion, here’s to wishing Allyson all the best this year in Rio.
Posted 11 August 2016