Born November 18, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA. Felix did not start running track competitively until her freshman year of high school. She was so dedicated to sprinting that she decided to skip her high school senior prom for a track meet.
Felix won her first Olympic medal at the age of 18 at the 2004 Athens Olympics, claiming the silver medal in the 200m. She added two Olympic medals to her collection at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She then earned three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, including her first individual Olympic gold medal, in the 200m.
She has won more world championship gold medals than any other U.S. track and field athlete.
2005 World Championships. A year after finishing second to Veronica Campbell in the 200m at the Olympics, Felix defeated her Jamaican rival to win the gold medal at Worlds. Felix defended her Worlds 200m title in 2007 and 2009.
Felix’s long, skinny legs earned her the nickname “Chicken Legs” in high school. The nickname has stuck, even though she can now leg-press 700 pounds.
“Medals are won in training, in those moments that are tough and when you're by yourself, where it's just you and your coach and your training partners.” –Allyson Felix
2004: One silver medal (200m)
2008: One gold medal (4x400m), one silver medal (200m)
2012: Three gold medals (200m, 4x100m, 4x400m)
Outside the Track
Felix is passionate about fashion. She likes Halle Berry’s style, because Berry “wears really comfortable stuff, and classic stuff as well.”