Allyson Felix Wins SI’s 2022 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
Allyson Felix, Olympic track star, has wonSports Illustrated‘s Muhammad Ali Legacy AwardFor 2022.
At 36 years old, the 11-time Olympic medalist (7 gold) has retired from the sport. She won 10 national titles in three events, competed in five consecutive Olympics Games and has 20 World Athletic Championship medals (14 of them gold). Her record makes her the most decorated world champion in athletics history.
Felix had a difficult 2018 birth of her daughter Camryn, on top of all the success. Felix was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia. This is high blood pressure that can lead to fatal pregnancies. Camryn was born two-months early and Felix had to have an emergency C section to deliver her baby. Camryn spent about a month in the NICU after her birth.
Felix was not happy for Nike to find out she was pregnant. The Olympian trained at dawn when she was six months pregnant to make sure no one saw her baby bump.
Felix decided not to resign with Nike after giving birth, as the company refused to allow maternity benefits under her 12-month-old proposal.
Felix took a stand shortly thereafter. Nike was inspired by Felix’s voice and actions to announce the launch of aNew maternity policyThis includes 18 months of salary for sponsored athletes with children. Felix decided not to work with Nike again and was instead signed by Athleta.
Felix stated, “I always think of my daughter and how she’ll grow up. I would love for that world to be more equal.” In her interview with Sports Illustrated. “I would love for her not to have any limitations or think about everything twice because she’s just a girl. Those are just a few of the things that push me, and I know there’s so much more.
Felix was back on the track eight months after she gave birth to Camryn. Before the U.S. trials for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she won her 12th and 13th gold medals at the world championships.
In Tokyo, she won bronze in the 400m and gold in 4×400-meter relay.
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