|Nick Name:||Shug as in Sugar without 'ar'|
|Height:||168 cm (5' 7'')|
|Birth Day:||November 18, 1985|
|Birth Place:||Los Angeles, United States|
|Height:||168 cm (5' 7'')|
She was named High School Athlete of the Year for her dominating track and field performances.
Born and raised in California, Felix is a devout Christian and the daughter of Paul, an ordained minister and professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary in Santa Clarita Valley, California, and Marlean who is an elementary school teacher at Balboa Magnet Elementary. Her older brother Wes Felix is also a sprinter. Also running the 200 m, he was the USA Junior Champion in 2002 and the Pac-10 champion in 2003 and 2004 while running for USC. Wes now acts as the agent for his sister. Felix describes her running ability as a gift from God, "For me, my faith is the reason I run. I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it's all about using it to the best of my ability."
Felix began to discover her athletic talents after she tried out for track in the ninth grade. Just ten weeks after that first tryout, she finished seventh in the 200 m at the CIF California State Meet. In the coming seasons, she became a five-time winner at the meet. In 2003, she was named the national girls' "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News. As a senior, Felix finished second in the 200 m at the US Indoor Track & Field Championships. A few months later, in front of 50,000 fans in Mexico City, she ran 22.11 seconds, the fastest in history for a high school girl (though it could not count as a World Junior record because there was no drug testing at the meet).
Felix graduated in 2003, making headlines by forgoing college eligibility to sign a professional contract with Adidas. Adidas paid her an undisclosed sum and picked up her college tuition at the University of Southern California. She has since graduated with a degree in elementary education.
Felix became the youngest gold medalist sprinter in the 200 meters at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005 and then successfully defended her title at Osaka two years later. At Osaka, Felix caught Jamaican Veronica Campbell on the bend and surged down the straight to finish in 21.81 seconds, lowering her own season-leading time by a massive 0.37 seconds. After the final she stated that "I feel so good, I am so excited. I have been waiting for so long to run such a time, to run under 22 seconds. it has not been an easy road, but finally I managed," said Felix. At that time, she addressed her future, saying, "My next goal is not the world record, but a gold in Beijing. I want to take it step by step. I might consider to do both – the 200 and the 400 meters – there." Felix became only the second female athlete after Marita Koch in 1983 to win three gold medals at a single IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
Felix is a five-time recipient of the Jesse Owens Award (after 2013, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award) from USATF, signifying the Athlete of the Year. She won the award for the first time in 2005, and then again in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2015. She has received this award more times than any other person.
In the build-up to the 2009 World Championships in Athletics Felix was part of a United States 4 × 100 m relay team that ran the fastest women's sprint relay in twelve years. Lauryn Williams, Felix, Muna Lee and Carmelita Jeter finished with a time of 41.58 seconds, bringing them to eighth on the all-time list. In 2009 aged just 23, Felix proceeded to claim her third 200-meter World Championships gold medal, an unprecedented accomplishment in women's sprinting. Felix clocked 22.02 sec to comfortably beat Jamaica's Olympic 200 m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown.
In 2010, Felix focused on running more 400 m races. Running the 200 m and the 400 m, she became the first person ever to win two IAAF Diamond League trophies in the same year. She continued her dominance by winning 21 races out of 22 starts, only losing to Veronica Campbell-Brown in New York. Incidentally, it was there that Brown set the WL time of 21.98 seconds. In 2011, Felix attended the 'Great City Games' held in the streets of Manchester on 15 May. It was there that she set the world leading time in the 200 m, which was 22.12. She also ran a 10.89 in the second 100 m of the race.
At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Felix participated in the 200 and 400 meter events, as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays. First up was the 400-meter event, where Felix was placed in lane 3 in the final and finished second in a time of 49.59, 0.03 behind winner Amantle Montsho, who she had beaten throughout the season. In the 200-meter final, running also in lane 3, Felix finished third in an under-par time of 22.42 due to fatigue. Veronica Campbell-Brown won the gold and Carmelita Jeter won silver. In the relay events, Felix ran the second leg in both the 4 × 100 m and 4 × 400 m. Team USA won both events and attained world-leading times in both finals as Felix added two World Championship gold medals to her collection.
In 2012, Felix returned to the Olympic Trials, the schedule of events virtually requiring she choose between attempting to qualify in the 100 m or 400 m as her secondary event behind the 200 m. She chose the 100 m and advanced to the final, the top 3 finishers were to go on to the 2012 Summer Olympics as part of the 100 m team. In the final, she ran 11.01, good enough for 3rd, but not without controversy. Officials ruled Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh to be in a dead heat for the third and final qualification position after initially declaring Tarmoh ahead. A run off between Tarmoh and Felix was scheduled, but Tarmoh withdrew, conceding the final 100 m spot to Felix.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Felix competed in four events: The 100 m, 200 m, 4 × 100 m relay, and 4 × 400 m relay, placing 5th in the 100 m and winning gold in the other three, thus becoming the first American woman to win three golds in athletics at an Olympics since Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Summer Olympics. In her first final, the 100 m, she placed 5th, running a personal best time of 10.89 seconds. In the 200 m final; a race she lost at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics to Jamaican rival, Veronica Campbell-Brown, it proved third time lucky as she beat Campbell-Brown, and also the 2012 100 m Olympic Gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished second. American compatriot Carmelita Jeter took the bronze.
Felix took to the track again on August 10, 2012 as part of the women's 4 × 100 m relay team with Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter. The foursome went on to smash the long-held world record of 41.37, set by East Germany in October 1985. This record was set before Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, or Tianna Madison were even born.
In the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Felix entered the 200 m and was expected to also appear in the relay finals, but pulled up in the 200 m final with a hamstring injury and was carried from the track. The race was won by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
After a nine-month layoff because of a hamstring injury, Felix resumed competition in the 400 m at the Shanghai Diamond League meet in May 2014 which she finished fifth with a time of 50.81. She later competed in the Eugene Diamond League meet for 200 m and finished third with a season's best of 22.44. She got back into form short after and in the Oslo Diamond League meet she finished first in the 200 m for her first win of the season with a time of 22.73. Later she also took part in the Paris and Glasgow Diamond League meetings.
In November 2014, Felix traveled to Brazil as a Sports Diplomacy Sports Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. In this function, she worked with Josh George to conduct clinics, speeches and other events for 510 youth, many of whom had disabilities or came from marginalized communities. The program was designed to remove barriers and create activities that benefit audiences with and without disabilities, whilst speaking with a young, at-risk public about important life and sports values, such as respect, discipline and overcoming adversity.
Felix got off to an uncharacteristically slow start in 2016. During a gym workout in April, she dropped from a pull-up bar and landed awkwardly, twisting her right ankle and tearing multiple ligaments. As a result, she could barely even walk, and had to switch up her training plan. She was slated to run in a Diamond League meet in Doha as well as the Prefontaine Classic, but pulled out of both meets. In early June, she ran the 400 m in 51.23 at a lowkey San Diego meet.
At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Felix took her overall Olympic haul to nine – six golds and three silvers. Her total matches the six silvers and three bronze medals held by Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey in numerical terms but outranks her in terms of precious metal. Felix hopes of winning a 400m gold medal came up short, after she lost by 0.07 to Shaunae Miller of Bahamas, who made a dramatic dive across the finish line. Felix recovered from the disappointing run, to win two golds with 4 × 100 m and 4 × 400 m relays. The first win came after controversy, as Team USA was initially disqualified in their semi-final run, after Felix had lost a baton on a handoff to English Gardner. The replays showed that Felix was bumped by a Brazilian runner just before a handoff, which caused her lose her balance. After the appeal was accepted, Team USA was awarded a solo run on the next day. With a successful time trial Felix and her teammates advanced to the final, which they eventually won.
Felix reduced her schedule in 2018, saying "In the 19 years that I've been running track, I've never taken a break. Never had a year where I took it easy. Now that this is kind of a year without a championship, I've had to force myself to have a different approach because my goal is 2020. So, if you guys don't see me at as many of the races as I usually run, don't worry, I'm fine, I'm just challenging myself to be smarter." Later in 2018 it was revealed that Felix was pregnant for most of the year, and on November 28, 2018 she gave birth to her daughter by emergency C-section.
Felix accused Nike of being unsupportive when she gave birth to her daughter in November 2018. Nike wanted her back into competition as soon as possible, offering her a 70 percent pay cut. Felix asked for guarantees that if her performance dropped due to just giving birth she wouldn't be punished, but Nike declined. In May 2019, she penned an op-ed for The New York Times regarding her poor maternity treatment from Nike, represented entirely by men. Alysia Montaño and Kara Goucher have echoed those complaints. Her seven-year sponsorship with Nike ended in December 2017 and was not extended.
Felix is married to Kenneth Ferguson. They have a daughter, Camryn, born in 2018.
In July 2019, Felix competed in her first race since she gave birth in November 2018, finishing sixth in a 400-meter run at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The same month, she signed a multiyear apparel deal with Gap brand Athleta, becoming their first sponsored athlete. On September 7, 2019, Felix won the 150-meter run at the Great North City Games in Stockton, beating Ashleigh Nelson and Beth Dobbin in a time of 17.37 seconds. Felix competed in her eighth World Championships in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. She won her 12th and 13th World Championship gold medals in Doha, surpassing Usain Bolt for the most golds by any athlete in history. In the first-ever mixed-gender 4x400-meter relay event at the World Championships, Felix ran with Michael Cherry, Wil London III, and Courtney Okolo to run a world record time of 3:09.34. Felix ran a 50.4-second split for her leg. She won another gold as a runner in the preliminary heats for the women's 4 × 400 m relay, although she was not selected to run in the finals.
Allyson has one brother, Wes, who is also a sprinter and has served as her agent. In November 2018, she welcomed a daughter named Camryn with her husband Kenneth.
Currently, Allyson Felix is 37 years, 6 months and 23 days old. Allyson Felix will celebrate 38th birthday on a Saturday 18th of November 2023. Below we countdown to Allyson Felix upcoming birthday.