Allyson Felix Reveals Her Pre-Race Rituals Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/12/2021, 10:47 AM EDT
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Allyson Felix of USA celebrates her 200m race win Myriam Soumarie of France, Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain and Joice Maduaka of Great Britain during the Powerade Great City Games on May 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


USA’s sprinter, Allyson Felix is heading off to her fifth Olympics at Tokyo Olympics 2021. She is a six-time gold medallist and is one of the most decorated sprinters in history. Before her race, Felix has a few pre-match rituals and a diet that she follows to ensure her success at the event.

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Allyson Felix reacts after placing second in womens 400m semifinal in 51.01 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At the Tokyo Olympics 2021, Felix will run in 400 meters and 4 x 400 meters relay. The American contingent for 400m is strong and hence and it looks like Felix will add a few more medals in her kitty. On to her pre-match ritual, Felix talks to her mother before her race. Moreover, she always wears a necklace given to her by her mother.

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“I always call my mom and we pray together before races, and I always have this necklace [a gold cross] on. My mom gave it to me before my first Olympics in 2004—it’s been replaced a few times because I lose things!,” Felix said.

Allyson Felix wins the women’s 400m in 50.99 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-race diet of Allyson Felix

Before the race, a sprinter needs a quick boost of energy. And Allyson Felix’s pre-race diet is unique. She prefers grilled salmon, broccoli, and brown rice. This meal is rich in carbohydrates, omega-3 acids, and many more nutrients that are good for sprinters.

“One of my go-to meals is really simple: grilled salmon, broccoli and brown rice. For me, it’s all about staying consistent so before a big race, so I don’t really switch it up. Nutrition makes a world of difference. For me, I didn’t get serious about it until a couple years ago and I’m kind of kicking myself for not,” she said.

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At the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Allyson Felix is reportedly heading into her last Olympic games. She has time and again expressed her desire to retire before the 2024 Paris Games. The next Athletics World Championships will take place in 2022 in the USA, maybe a retirement call will be taken at that time.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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