“People Only Cared About My Performance” – Allyson Felix Reflects on Experience Before Maternity

Published 09/30/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 07: Allyson Felix of Team United States looks on before she competes in the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


Since making her professional debut in 2003, Allyson Felix has been one of USA’s most successful sprinters. The 35-year-old made has a stunning 11 medals in five Olympic appearances, along with several medals across various tournaments.

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In 2018, Felix gave birth to her daughter Camryn, which saw her out of action for a significant period of time. During that period, she faced several hardships which she spoke about openly. In a recent appearance, the 35-year-old mentioned how her experiences during motherhood helped her think differently.

Allyson Felix thought only on-track performance matters to people

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Prior to announcing her pregnancy in 2018, Felix rarely missed an athletic meet. However, in 2018, the Olympian struggled on more than one count. Her most prominent struggle was with Nike, against whom she wrote a one-off piece on the New York Times regarding contract negotiations. Her words forced the shoe giant to introduce a new maternity policy.

Recently, Felix appeared in the Fast Company Innovation Festival. During her appearance, she spoke about how she thought on-track performances were the only thing that mattered to others. She said“For the longest time, I really thought that people only cared about my performance.”

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 07: Allyson Felix of Team United States is introduced to the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

However, the 35-year-old admitted her tryst with maternity and experiences before it helped her grow as an individual. “Over the years, I’ve grown and obviously matured, and it was through my own experiences that I finally found my voice.

“Becoming a mother was probably one of the biggest ways that happened, and thinking about my daughter and the world that she’ll grow up in made me feel like, ‘Okay, I need to do this.'”

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Felix won two medals in the Tokyo Olympics

The 35-year-old left the Japanese capital earlier this month with a gold medal and a bronze medal. This maintained her 100% record of winning at least one medal in every Olympic appearance she made since 2004.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 07: Allyson Felix of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

She struck gold in the women’s 4x400m relay, while clinching bronze in the 400m event. With 11 Olympic medals to her name, she is the most decorated American track and field athlete in history.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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