“I’m Not Sure if..”- US Legend Allyson Felix Announces Retirement at 36

Published 04/13/2022, 11:29 PM EDT
DOHA, QATAR – SEPTEMBER 29: Allyson Felix of the United States reacts after setting a new world record in the 4×400 Metres Mixed Relay during day three of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

As the 2022 World Athletics Championships come to Oregon, it is time for new athletes to showcase their talents. However, there is one legend who is preparing to go out in style. The most decorated American track and field Olympian, Allyson Felix, is bidding goodbye.

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After competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 36-year-old spoke about calling time on her glittering athletic career. She won the bronze medal for her signature 400-meter event, as well as gold in the 4×400m relay event.

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Golden girl Allyson Felix to retire

Felix, who will run her last athletics season, penned a heartwarming note on Instagram about her retirement plans. Other than being a legendary athlete, the Californian is an advocate for working mothers.

Back in 2018, she had complications that led to an emergency C-section to give birth to her lovely daughter Camryn. Recovering from setbacks, her passion for the sport remained the same as she continued to train and hone her craft. Thus, after so many years of unparalleled success, she ends her career for her daughter.

 

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“I have given everything I have to running and for the first time I’m not sure if I have anything left to give. I want to say goodbye and thank you to the sport and people who have helped shape me the only way I know how—with one last run.”

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“This season I’m running for women. I’m running for a better future for my daughter. I’m running for you. More to come on that, so stay tuned, but I’ll be sharing a series of announcements that I’m hoping will make the world better for women. Here’s to my final season.”

Having a blistering career from start to finish, she dominated the track and won 11 Olympic medals. Felix transitioned smoothly from running the 200m to the 400m and tasted success in both events. Apart from being an athlete, she also turned into a successful entrepreneur.

Felix stepped into entrepreneurship with ‘Saysh’

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Allyson Felix had a dispute with Nike over her contract details in 2017. She was dumbfounded after the mega-brand offered her a 70% pay cut. From there, she focused on women’s apparel and dropped Nike for Athleta.

With the help of a few designers, she established her shoe brand named ‘Saysh’, which offers some of the best sprinting shoes.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 20: Allyson Felix celebrates with her daughter Camryn after finishing second in the Women’s 400 Meters Final on day three of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 20, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Seven Olympic gold medals, three Olympic silver medals, one Olympic bronze, and 12 World Championships gold medals make her the legend of American track and field athletics. After a stunning career, Allyson Felix will look to go out on a high with a final season where she sets the track on fire.

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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