Portrait Of A Lady: Allyson Felix

"Whatever happens in London or my career, I know I won't let the sport define me," Felix said. Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Allyson Felix Timeline

2003: Track & Field News named Felix the national girls’ High School Athlete of the Year for earning gold in the 200m at the U.S. indoor championships. She set the national high school record with her 23.14 finish.

2004: At age 18, Felix was the U.S. Olympic trials champion in the 200m. She earned a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Athens with a world junior record time of 22.18.

2007: Felix became the second woman in history (Marita Koch in 1983 was the first) to win three gold medals at the same world outdoor championships. She medaled in the 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays in Osaka, Japan.

2008: The 22-year-old Felix picked up her second silver medal in the 200m and first 4x400m relay gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

2009: Felix made history at the world outdoor championships in Germany by becoming the first woman ever to win three world outdoor 200m titles. She finished in 22.02, beating rival Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica’s Olympic 200m champion.

2010: President Obama invited Felix, along with NBA superstar Chris Paul and figure-skating champion Michelle Kwan, to join his Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for the “Let’s Move” campaign, which motivates kids to embrace an active lifestyle.

2011: Felix won silver in the 400m, bronze in the 200m, and gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the world outdoor championships in Daegu, South Korea.

This piece first appeared in the May 2012 issue of Competitor magazine.

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