Allyson Felix is an athlete competing in Track & Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Allyson Felix will look to qualify for her third Olympic team. The two-time silver medalist in the 200m, could potential aim for four medals in London should she decide to add the 400m to her program. She would likely also find herself in the relay pools for the 4x100m and 4x400m.

Felix could have a pretty-busy schedule at the Olympic Games in London. After bringing home three medals from the 2011 World Outdoor Championships in Daegu (400m silver, 200m bronze and 4x100m gold), Felix has said she will decide much earlier in 2012 which events she would race in London. Her personal-best times in each event are: 100m (10.93), 200m (21.81) and 400m (49.70). She's coached by Bob Kersee, the husband and trainer of six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

With no major championships on the line in 2010, Felix focused on running more 400m races to build up strength. Alternating between the quarter-mile and her specialty event, the 200m, she became the first person ever to win two IAAF Diamond League trophies in the same year. On the year, Felix won 21 or 22 races, losing only to Veronica Campbell-Brown at the Diamond League adidas Grand Prix in New York, where Campbell-Brown clocked a world-leading 21.98 to Felix's 22.03. But it wasn't all longer races for Felix. She also won the 100m at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, running 11.27, and won a 200m straight at the Manchester Great City Games, running 22.55.

At the World Championships In 2009, Felix proceeded to claim her third 200m gold medal, an unprecedented accomplishment in women's sprinting. The 23-year-old Felix clocked 22.02 to comfortably beat Jamaica's Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown. Afterward Felix told the media that she would rather have other hardware. During the medalists' press conference she turned to Campbell-Brown and said, "I would love to trade my three world championships for your gold." Campbell-Brown laughed and politely declined.

In the build up to the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, was part of a United States 4 x 100m relay team that ran the fastest women's sprint relay in 12 years. Felix ran the third leg of the relay in Cottbus, Germany, which also included Lauryn Williams, Muna Lee and Carmelita Jeter. The foursome finished with a time of 41.58 seconds, bringing them to eighth on the all-time list. The foursome would not get the chance to improve that time in Berlin however as Lee was injured during the handoff between legs two and three and the U.S. did not finish the first round.

Felix qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in the 200m, but just missed qualifying for the 100m. In Beijing, Felix ran her best time of the season at 21.93, but it was not enough to top rival Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, who won in 21.74. Felix did earn her first Olympic gold as a member of the U.S. 4x400m team, but was crushed by her individual defeat. "She didn't verbalize," Marlean Felix, Allyson's mother, recalled. "She was very quiet. It was me looking, reading it in her eyes. It was just her with her quiet little way and her little tears falling down her face. I was so proud and so excited and I wanted her to feel that way. But because she's the one competing, it was difficult for her. I tried to be that support for her and help bring her that perspective, help her understand that she's not a failure."

Though the 200m was the only individual race Felix ran at the 2007 Worlds, she did become just the second female to win three gold medals at a World Championships (Marita Koch of East Germany won three in 1983). And Felix did it over the span of three consecutive days. First was the gold in the 200m on Friday, then she ran second on the U.S. women's gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team on Saturday, and on Sunday she ran in the same position for the victorious 4x400m relay team. Felix's third gold came the day after compatriot Tyson Gay won his third gold medal (100m, 200m, 4x100m) in Osaka.

Felix burst onto the scene as America's teenage sprint prodigy in 2003, when she turned pro after her high school graduation. That year, as a 17-year-old, she finished third at Nationals and qualified for the World Championships, where she was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Felix earned her first Olympic berth by winning the 200m at U.S. Trials; her time of 22.28 seconds was the second-fastest in the world at the time. In Athens, she won a silver medal in 22.18, a World Junior record.

At the Mt. Sac Relays on April 19, 2003, Felix ran a 22.51 in the 200m, breaking Marion Jones' 11-year-old American junior and high school record of 22.58 seconds. Two weeks later, Felix ran a remarkable 22.11 at the Banamex Grand Prix in Mexico City. That time was faster than the junior world record of 22.19 seconds set by Russian Natalya Bochina in 1980, but since the meet did not conduct drug testing, the IAAF did not accept Felix's record. The time was, however, recognized as a U.S. junior record.

Raised by a father, Paul, who is an ordained minister and a mother, Marlean, who's an elementary school teacher, Felix was always taught the importance of education — which is why she attended the University of Southern California despite turning professional immediately after high school (rendering her ineligible for NCAA competition). She is one semester shy of an education degree, which she'd one day like to use to teach fourth and fifth graders. Her older brother Wes, was a USC sprinter and the 2002 U.S. junior champion in the 200m. According to Sports Illustrated, Paul ran the 100m in 9.9 seconds on a dirt track when he was in high school.

Felix got the nickname "Chicken Legs" from her high school teammates because of her long, skinny legs. However, she has reportedly leg-pressed 700 pounds on a weight machine. Felix, who missed her senior prom for a competition, trained on the same high school track as three-time Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers.


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Age: 30 years old
Birthday: November 18, 1986
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 126 lbs.
Nickname: Chicken Legs
Full Name / Real Name: Allyson Michelle Felix
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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