Allyson Felix, 30, wowed the world and stole American hearts when she won gold at the 2012 Olympics in the women’s 200m. But in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife.com, the sprinter confesses she’s had to make sacrifices to get to the top. Read all the details here!
Like the whole of America, we’ll be glued to our TVs when Allyson takes to the track to (hopefully) win gold in the 400m title on Aug. 15. But it hasn’t been an easy ride for the 3-time World Champion, who only in April landed on a medicine ball in training during a lifting session, tearing multiple ligaments in her left ankle.
A mere 3 months later, Allyson appeared at the Olympic trials and finished just 0.01 seconds shy of making the cut to defend her 200m title in her favorite event. However, nothing seems to deter the LA-born sports star who confesses she’s had to give up a lot to get where she is today.
“I think my circle kind of understand what I do, and have all been very gracious of my lifestyle,” she tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Everyone is really understanding, it’s not too bad. I have made a lot of sacrifices, for sure, that are not typical. Being a professional athlete is not a typical life, but for me every minute is worth it.”
This will be the first time Allyson has competed in the 400m at the Olympics, but after coming first at the World Championships in 2015 she’s full of confidence she can repeat the trick.
“I do feel like I am taking a different approach this year,” she reveals. “Getting out of my comfort zone by adding other events, it’s a huge task. I do feel confident in my training, but I know it’s going to be very difficult with the competitors I will face. I am looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge.”
Does Allyson feel under pressure to perform at this year’s Games after her past gold medal success, and is that a burden for her? “I do not look at it as a burden at all,” she says. “For me, it’s to accomplish that and then look to the next goal. That is about kinda branching out from there. I feel super-blessed to have competed in the 200m in the past 3 Olympics. I think it’s a benefit to use that experience and take it with me.”
Allyson works as a brand ambassador for Chobani, America’s #1 Greek Yogurt, to be part of its #NoBadStuff campaign, which is all about working hard and being grounded in goodness and positivity. And that’s everything Allyson is!
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