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Allyson Felix is getting ready to run in London 2012.

What I love about her is she leads a normal life:

Felix is known to live the simple life. She reportedly still hangs out with the same friends from high school. Felix and Ferguson also frequently hit the lanes and bowl together. Aside from that, there really isn’t much known about the couple. The best we can tell is they have been dating since at least 2005.

Felix is very family orientated. Her brother Wes, who is also a sprinter, is her agent. She was signed by adidas at 18, forgoing her college eligibility. Felix also is faithful, crediting this for her running ability. “My faith is the reason I run – it calms my heart and makes everything feel like a lift. My speed is definitely a gift from Him, and I run for His glory. Whatever I do, He allows me to do it."

Over the next week she'll be busy:

LONDON — Allyson Felix was just 18 years old at the time and had surprised much of the track and field world by winning a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In need of a dedicated coach, she returned to Los Angeles and met with Bobby Kersee in a Coco’s restaurant.

The renowned coach asked Felix what she wanted to accomplish in the sport. She rattled off several Olympics races, the 100-meter, the 200, both relays — a fanciful list, to be sure.

“He was like, ‘That’s a lot, but I think we can do it,’ ” Felix recalled this week.

Felix, now 26, is one of three high-profile American female track athletes who will be attempting difficult doubles when the track and field competition begins Friday at the Olympic Stadium. Felix will race in the 100 meter, the 200 — her signature race — and the 4x100 relay. Carmelita Jeter, the top 100-meter sprinter at the U.S. trials, will be competing in the same events. And Sanya Richards-Ross will run in the 200, the 400 and the 4x400 relay.

Allyson Felix is going to be exciting to watch.

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Run Allyson run!!!

She shouda ran the 400m instead of the 100m.

Why?

"Everything she has done since last summer -- returning to speed-based training, trying to refine her starts, rejecting the 200/400 double many assumed was the path of least resistance to Olympic medals -- has been geared toward running the most flawless race possible, not in Eugene but in London."

Source: http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=8173492&city=losangeles

I've followed her career since high school, btw. Without a doubt she is one of my favorite track and field athletes ever. I'm sure she knows what she's doing. :)

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I'm just now learning about her. She's awesome.

She is amazing.

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Graceful.

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Here is Allyson Felix's schedule for London 2012.

Run Allyson run!!!

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Women's 100m Final

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Carmelita Jeter - Allyson Felix - Sanya Richards-Ross

I think if she woulda have done 400, instead of 100m she could have been as big as Bolt.

So you're saying she should have run the 400 instead of the 100?

Wikipedia says:

At the 2012 Summer Olympics Felix competed in 4 events: The 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay, placing 5th in the 100m 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 Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics. In her first final, the 100m, she placed 5th, running a personal best time of 10.89 seconds. In the 200m 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 100m 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 4x100m 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.

On the final night of athletics August 11, 2012, Felix ran the 2nd leg of the women's 4 x 400m (in a leg time of 47.80), with DeeDee Trotter, Francena McCorory, and Sanya Richards-Ross, with the winning time being 3:16.87, the 3rd fastest time in Olympic history behind the Soviet Union and USA at the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics, and the 5th fastest time overall.

She had 3 golds in London, just like Usain Bolt.

Are you saying it wasn't enough?

I KNEW this was going to be your comment before I even clicked through, haha.

She did amazing. Three good medals. Wow. Any human being ever should be satisfied with that...

But I'm American, I'm allowed to ask the impossible of my heroes haha.

But even before she won an individual gold, I still believed she should have run 400m. I'm not disappointed with her 3 GOLD medals, I just wonder how she would have done in Olympic 400m.

If its any consolation, I also would pay to see Usain Bolt run 400m. But that's because Michael Johnson....well, let's just say records are made to be broken.

Is there a reason Usain and Allyson didn't run the 400?

That's really hard to train for when you're used to 100 and 200 right?

Usain doesn't want to. He used to be a 400m runner until 06 or 07. Allyson switched. She ran the 400m at last years world championship.

It seems easier -- or less competitive -- for women to interchange 100, 200, and 400m. The 400m gold medalist was on women's 4x1, and Allyson ran fastest split on the gold medal 4x4.

I think it just comes down to the fact 100m has more glory if you win. Even Usain prefers 200m over 100m.

Because with the 100m there's no margin for error.

With the 200m if you slip a little there's time to make it up, right?

Right. More distance, more margin for error.

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