Alison Felix, who closed out the Tokyo Games last year with more Olympic medals than any American track and field athlete in history, says she will retire after the 2022 season.
“This season isn’t about clock timing, it’s just about joy,” Felix said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “I look forward to sharing a moment, a memory, and my appreciation with you if you see me on track this year.”
At age 35, Felix won a bronze medal in the 400 meters last summer in Tokyo, then followed it up with a gold medal in the 4×400 relay.
They were his 10th and 11th Olympic medals, helping him pass Carl Lewis in the US record books and leaving him behind only one runner in history, Finland’s Paavo Nurmi, who won 12 medals between 1920 and 1928. Live.
Their last major meet is the US Championships from June 23–26, then the World Championships, which takes place in Eugene, Oregon, from July 15–24.
Felix has a record 13 gold medals from the World Championships and 18 medals in total.
More recently, she has become a vocal advocate of women. Her daughter, Cameron, was born in 2018. Around the same time, Felix broke ties with Nike over the way the company treated pregnant athletes.
In her Instagram post, she said: “This season I’m running for women. I’m running for a better future for my daughter.”
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