Allyson Felix is the favorite to win the gold in the 400m on Monday. The 5-foot-6 athlete won the semifinals with an impressive time of 49.67s, and hopes she can do it all over again in her race tonight. Felix, who says she’s a laid-back person off the track, told NBC News that while the 200m race is her “baby”, the 400m is a challenge to her.
Felix has raced in every summer Olympics since the 2004 Games in Athens, and has accrued 4 gold medals and 2 silver. Her dad says that though she’s graceful about it, she’s a real competitor and hates losing. Felix was born and raised in California. She is a devout Christian, and her father, Paul, is an ordained minister and professor of the New Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Santa Clarita Valley. Her older brother, Wes, is a former sprinter who is now Felix’s agent.
Read on for some of her stats.
WEIGHT: 121 lb (55kg)
PERSONAL BEST: 100m in 10.89s; 150m in 16.36s; 200m in 21.69s; 400m in 49.26s
Felix is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. At the London Olympics in 2012, she won the gold in both the women’s 200m and the women’s 4x100m relay. As a kid, she was nicknamed “Chicken Legs” because of her lanky body, but by the end of her high school track career, she was a five-time winner of the 200m dash, and had proved that her chicken legs would carry her far. At both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, Felix placed second in the women’s 200-meter race, behind Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown. She will be gunning for her first gold in the 400m on Monday.