After competing in her first Olympics as a mom, Allyson Felix is now a 10-time Olympic medalist.
Superstar athlete and proud mom Allyson Felix has officially done it—she's the most decorated female track athlete in Olympic history. After snagging the bronze medal (in her first Olympic games as a mom, no less), she's officially a 10-time Olympic medalist.
The Tokyo games mark the sixth Olympic Games for Felix, who won the bronze medal in the women's 400m Friday.
She told reporters that this Olympics in particular is extremely meaningful for her, because of how hard it was to get there as a mom to her two-year-old daughter, Camryn. Especially after enduring a traumatic birth.
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During her pregnancy in late 2018, doctors discovered she had severe preeclampsia—a pregnancy condition that causes dangerously high blood pressure and can be fatal. Felix had to undergo an emergency C-section at 32 weeks and endured subsequent postpartum complications. Little Camryn was in the NICU for a month.
Black women are two to six times more likely to die of pregnancy complications. There is also a stark racial contrast when it comes to newborn baby mortality rates.
Gabby Thomas, a U.S. runner who also placed Friday night in the women's 4x100m relay, called Felix an inspiration.
"She has a such a long career. She hasn't let anything stop her, whether it be her age, the number of races she's running, who's lining up next to her, who tested positive," Thomas said. "She never let any of that get to her, even now being a mother. Just her grace and poise and commitment to excellence."
"Hopefully, a lot of mothers will see themselves in me," Felix told reporters this week. "I just want to be that inspiration."