How Motherhood Inspired Allyson Felix to Win Historic 11th Olympic Medal
By Moviguide® Staff
Many believed that Olympic runner Allyson Felix would fail to compete for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics due to her emergency C-section in late 2018. However, the 10-time Olympic medal winner and new mother added to her medal count after winning gold in the 4x400m women’s relay.
Felix, who ran alongside U.S. teammates Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu, won her 11th medal.
The 35-year-old sprinter said that the road to compete was difficult after she welcomed her daughter Camryn on Nov. 2, 2018.
“I had to go through challenges in the fight,” Felix said after the gold medal win in Tokyo. “I’m absolutely where I’m supposed to be. You know, sometimes I think you just have to fight through and I think it’s unfortunate. It’s not just me. And I think that that’s the biggest thing.”
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She continued: “There have been so many women before me who had to stay silent about their fight. And so for me to be able to step out and I think my daughter gave me the courage to do that. But I think that was really the thing, that this has been going on for far too long. And I hope that we’re really changing things.”
In 2019, Felix announced that she ended her partnership with Nike because they pressured her to return to training after an emergency cesarean section at 32 weeks because of severe preeclampsia that put the lives of both Felix and Camryn at risk.
However, Felix became the oldest American gold-medalist in a track event, and she won her personal shoe brand, Saysh.
Felix said that running the relay was a “great feeling,” and that she was excited to perform in her new role to help team USA win gold.
“Running with these women, I think my role … has just changed so much. And tonight … it was just about doing my job and, you know, passing that baton and getting around safely and it was just a really cool moment,” she said.
Felix also took home a bronze medal in the 400m.
“I think this one is my favorite medal because of the journey it represents,” Felix wrote on her Instagram. “You all have been on this journey with me and you’ve seen some of the challenges. Sitting in the NICU listening to Cammy’s monitors beeping as she stopped breathing again and I thought we might lose our daughter again. The days with no sponsor when there were so many voices of doubt telling me to just retire. There were days that I never thought I’d be able to get back into race shape ever again. These are some of my struggles, but I know you’ve been going through your own, but look at us still smiling!! Thank you for your support, I do this for you. Keep Going!!”