Move over Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky, Allyson Felix is the latest Olympic sweetheart everyone is talking about.
The American sprinter is making sports headlines after her silver-medal finish in the women’s 400-meter final. Felix looked like she was about to clinch her fifth Olympic gold medal. In a last ditch effort to overtake Felix, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas literally dove towards the finish line to complete the race .07 seconds faster than Felix.
An army of enraged fans took to social media to question the legality of Miller’s move. Some even claimed that Felix was robbed of the gold medal.
The Olympic track committee later clarified that the rare tactic was within the rules. Sprinters are allowed to leave their feet as they cross the finish line. In a post-race interview on NBC Olympics, Felix admitted that she simply did not run her normal race.
“I don’t know. It just wasn’t there tonight,” she said with grace. “God has been so good to get me this far. It’s been a fight all season. I just gave it all I had tonight. It was tough. I was just trying to dig deep and find another gear.”
Despite falling short of expectation, Felix is proud of what she had accomplished. She is honored to be mentioned in the same breath as American track legend and mentor Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
“You’re going to have obstacles. There’s going to be adversity. But, let your spirit shine through,” she told aspiring sprinters, via People. “Keep fighting, no matter how hard the cards are stacked against you. Don’t let that get you down.”
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Another interesting tidbit about Felix is that she once dated three-time NBA champion LeBron James. She was LeBron’s companion during the 2003 ESPY Awards. She met her long-time boyfriend Kenneth Ferguson in 2005.
The two have been an item for so long that many confuse them for a married couple. Rumors recently started circulating that Felix and Ferguson is expecting their first child. According to Earn The Necklace, the lovebirds have not confirmed nor denied the rumors.
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