Allyson Felix is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. Felix has accomplished a lot over the course of her running career. She has won Olympic Gold medals and won World Championships, and the world record she set in 2012 as part of the 4×100 meters Olympic team still stands today. Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, sand is tied with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, with a total of nine Olympic medals. But after accomplishing all this she does not take the credit, she gives it to God.
Growing up, Felix’s dad was a seminary professor, her family was very involved in their church and she became a Christian at a young age. It wasn’t until she tried out for track as a freshman at Los Angeles Baptist High School that she discovered her talent for running. She says that running gives her a platform to share her faith with the world. “My running is an amazing gift from God and I want to use it to the best of my ability to glorify Him. You have to have this passion and you have to have a reason for doing what you’re doing. And there really has to be a purpose there, I think that’s what drives success. I know my talent is from God. And that’s my purpose: to run to glorify Him.” says Felix in an article from August 2016.
To this day she still attends church on Sundays, and listens to sermons when she is on the road competing. So For all the Olympic medals and world records, Felix says her goal is still the same: “to be more Christ-like each and every day.”