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Get to Know Olympic Track and Field Sprinter Allyson Felix: 6 Fast Facts You Should Know

Get to Know Olympic Track and Field Sprinter Allyson Felix: 6 Fast Facts You Should Know

On Sunday, American track and field sprinter Allyson Felix became the first woman to win World titles in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter, breaking the U.S. record for gold medals.

"Champion of the World…at 400m?!! This journey continues to take me places I never dreamed of and I am so grateful," Felix said. "Thank you for the tremendous support and love! All Glory to God."

We've gotten to know the Olympic gold medalist's successful career in track, but did you know these six facts about her?

1. Felix first tried track in 9th grade.

2. Her high school teammates called nicknamed her "chicken legs" because of her "long, spindly legs."

3. Allyson Felix graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in education. She hopes to one day teach fourth and fifth graders.

4. Aside from track, Felix is a talented baker, who specializes in German chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls.

5. According to USA Today, Felix is one of many U.S. athletes who have voluntarily signed up for Project Believe, a voluntary drug-testing program. Members of the project believe in going beyond the typical drug-testing requirements, submitting themselves to more extensive blood and urine tests in order to prove they compete cleanly. 

6. Felix looks up to 1988 and 1992 Olympic heptathlon champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Felix is coached by Joyner-Kersee's husband and former coach, Bob Kersee.

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