By: Kriel Ibarrola

For someone who already has nine Olympic medals in her resume, Allyson Felix is still as hungry as ever. But this time around, the 35-year-old track and field legend has a new source of motivation – her two-year-old daughter, Camryn.

While admitting she has been running mostly for herself over the course of her athletic career, Felix revealed that she has a bigger purpose this time around.

“My daughter has totally been that driving force,” Felix described her quest for a fifth Olympic berth, via USA TODAY Sports.

 “I've always been this competitive person. I've always had a drive and a desire to win, but I think now, being a mom, it's really about teaching her how to overcome adversity and showing her what hard work looks like.”

By the way she has performed in the trials so far, Felix looks like she’s actually in the best shape of her career. It’s surreal to think that her career was in question not too long ago, after she struggled with preeclampsia and had an emergency C-section at 32 weeks to deliver her daughter.

And of course, she’s no longer the spring chicken she once was as she is getting up there in age. Felix even had an ugly dispute with Nike, after the company reportedly tried to cut her pay by almost 70% if her performances were not up to far after having a child.

Now that she put all that behind her, Felix is back to doing what she does best. She finished second in the women’s 400-meter semifinal during the trials, posting a score of 51.01. Kendall Ellis did win the event.

Felix, meanwhile, will have a chance at history in her fifth Olympic games. Winning one more medal ties her with the legendary Carl Lewis for most medals by a track and field athlete (both male and female).

One thing’s for sure, Felix has extra motivation this year in her quest to solidify her legacy as one of the best track and field athletes of all time.


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