Allyson Felix is a Track Star

January 30, 2008

Meet Allyson Felix, the triple world champion sprint star who will begin her training for the upcoming Beijing Olympics. See photos, video and a biography of Allyson below.

Allyson Felix is in the news today as she has announced that she will begin her training for the Beijing Olympics in August. She recently graduated from the University of Southern California and can rest easy now that she doesn’t have to worry about studying in addition to training.

At the 2004 Olympics, she was runner-up in the 200 meters and won world 200 meter championships in 2005 and 2007.

Allyson begins her training at 9:30 AM and then again at 3:30 in the afternoon. She’ll follow that session with some weight lifting.

She will be heading to Beijing Friday for a publicity tour and will stay there until February 6. Her coach, Bobby Kersee, will also look for possible places to stay near Olympic Stadium.

Her focus at the Olympics will be in the 200 and 44 events. She must first qualify at the U.S. Olympic Athletics Trials, held June 27 through July 6 in Eugene, Oregon.

As a biography, Allyson was born on November 18, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. She was raised in southern California and attended Los Angeles Baptist High School. She started out playing basketball and was nicknamed “chicken legs” by teammates. She soon tried out for the track team. Seven weeks after she made the team, she placed seventh in the 200 at the state championship and when she was a senior, she finished second at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championship. She gradated from high school in 2003 and signed a contract with Adidas. They paid her college tuition at USC.

She has won gold four times at the World Championships – in Helsinki in 2005, and three times in Osaka in 2007.

Allyson won the silver in the 200 meters during the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Read more about Allyson at her official website here or go here.

Photos and Video of Allyson Felix are below.

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