Allyson Felix clocked 49.67 seconds, the fastest time in Sunday’s 400-meter semifinals, to win the heat and advance to Monday’s final.
The 30-year-old U.S. sprinter, who is the 2015 400-meter world champion, is running the individual 400-meter for the first time at the Rio Olympics.
“I’m just a competitor. I love to win. I love a challenge,” Felix told Yahoo Sports. “I have had success before but I think your goals just kind of shift. For me, that’s really what this year is about. I’m excited to get outside of my comfort zone to take on this new event in the 400 and see where it takes me.”
As Felix aims for another gold medal, here’s everything you need to know about her growing wealth.
1. She Has a Net Worth Estimated at $8.5 Million
Felix is one of the most accomplished sprinters in U.S. track and field history. Her success has led to lucrative endorsements, and appearances. Felix currently has a net worth estimated at $8.5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. If she captures gold Monday night, that figure will likely increase with more sponsorship deals.
2. She Turned Pro After High School & Signed With Adidas
As a senior, Felix broke Marion Jones’ national high-school record in the 200-meter. She went on to qualify for the world championships at the U.S. Nationals meet– held just a day after her graduation. Days before beginning her college career at University of Southern California, Felix forfeited her scholarship and NCAA eligibility by turning pro. At the time, she signed a reported six-year, $1-million-plus contract with Adidas in 2004.
Adidas would later pick up the cost of her college tuition. Felix graduated from USC with a degree in elementary education in 2008.
3. She Signed an Endorsement Deal With Nike in 2010
After six years with Adidas, Felix signed with their top competitor. In 2010, Felix entered into an agreement with Nike, which helped fund her training for the London Games.
She has been a part of their 2011 ‘Make Yourself Proud’ campaign and endorsed the Nike “Free” shoe system. The three-time Olympian also fronted Nike’s Spring/Summer Women’s Lookbook in 2013. Felix was featured in their ‘Find Your Fast’ campaign last July to “inspire athletes to run or train for their fastest time.”
Felix has additional sponsorships from Acuvue, Procter & Gamble, AT&T and Gatorade.
4. She Has Earned $130,000 From Olympic Medals
Felix will race a talented field in the 400 meters on on Monday night in Rio as she aims for her second individual gold medal and fifth gold medal overall. She also has won two silver medals.
American athletes winning medals at the Olympic games receive a cash prize from the U.S. Olympic Committee. The awards vary based on the medal won. Those awards are on top of the actual value of a “gold” medal – which is around $366 for the Rio games. The gold medal is a mixture of a small amount of 24-karat gold, some copper and a lot of sterling silver, according to Time.
With four gold and two silver, Felix has earned $130,000 in cash payouts. That total is based on $25,000 for each of the four Olympic gold medals Felix has won, plus $15,000 for each of her two silvers.
Felix, who is arguably one of the most impressive athletes of the decade, has won more world championship gold medals than any other U.S. track and field athlete. In addition to her Olympic medals, she holds 19 medals from international competition.
Aside from a high medal count, the California native was recognized as one of Glamour’s Women of The Year in 2012. She was also awarded the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year from the IAAF where she posed alongside Usain Bolt and Prince Albert of Monaco at the prestigious ceremony.
Felix serves as a member of Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition alongside fellow athletes including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and figure skating legend Michelle Kwan.
“The Council will play an important role in our effort to help combat childhood obesity in this country, and I am grateful to the athletes, chefs, doctors and nutrition experts who are volunteering their time on the Council to help make a difference,” First Lady Michelle Obama said following the council appointment in 2010.
5. Her Brother Is Her Agent
In an article Felix wrote for The Players’ Tribune last fall, she opened up about her biggest inspiration: her older brother Wes.
Felix revealed she was always in awe of his athletic ability, and was inspired to follow in his footsteps. Like his sister, he grew up in pursuit of an athletic career in track and field. In 2002, Wes was the USA Junior Champion in the 200-meter in 2002 and the Pac 10 champion in the 200-meter in both 2003 and 2004 while running for USC.
Felix wrote that her brother has offered unwavering support throughout her career. After Felix’s crushing second-place finishes at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, Wes was there to encourage her. Not long after the Beijing Games, however, he was diagnosed with a liver virus which immediately ended his own athletic career. Wes turned his attention to another aspect of the sport: serving as his sister’s agent. Since then, he’s helped her gain several new sponsorship deals, and has been her mentor.
“My recovery from the injury in 2013 and redemption at the 2015 World Championships would not be possible without the encouragement and advice he’s provided over the years,” Felix wrote.
“As I build on this success, I do it with the utmost confidence that one of the essential constants in my life -my brother — is here to help me along the way. Thank you, Wes.”
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