Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Olympian Allyson Felix Breaks Usain Bolt Record for Most Gold Medals

*Less than a year after welcoming her first child, Allyson Felix‘s first gold medal as a new mom came with an added bonus — she broke her tie with fellow Olympic medalist Usain Bolt, considered the fastest man in history.

“So special, to have my daughter here watching means the world to me,” Felix told Lewis Johnson on NBCSN. “It’s been a crazy year for me.”

Sunday, she broke the record for most career gold medals at the track and field World Championships, where she won gold in the mixed-gender 4×400 meter relay as a member of the USA quartet, per stacked.com

This latest victory means Felix, 33, now has 12 gold medals while Bolt earned 11 gold medal wins at the championships before his retirement.

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Her record-breaking moment comes about 10 months after she welcomed daughter Camryn on Nov. 28 via an emergency cesarean section.

”I am just getting used to what the new normal looks like and getting my routine down and all of that,” Felix told PEOPLE in July of getting back to her training regimen in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. “But I couldn’t be happier to do that and to have the support, to be able to come home from a long day of training and to see my daughter and her smiling face. It really is like the best thing in the world.”

In the months after she became a first time mother, Felix wrote an op-ed in The New York Times about the brand wanting to pay her 70 percent less following her pregnancy.

Nike subsequently changed its policy to ensure female athletes will not be “adversely impacted financially for pregnancy” for at least 18 months, CNN reported.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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