Meet Allyson Felix, the world’s dominant 200m runner in Track and Field. This record-breaking sprinter was the darling of the American team in Athens and she is now one of it’s leaders in Beijing. Read her biography and see photos and a video below.

She is a flyer. Allyson Felix has already accomplished a lot at a young age. During her teens she was labeled the fastest girl on the planet but teammates just called her “chicken legs.” As a double 200m world champion (2005 & 2008) she will be the favorite on the Olympic track in Beijing. And as an Los Angeles native, the horridous smog mist there should not really hurt her chances of claiming the gold medal. In fact maybe being familiar with running in “misty” conditions might even give her an edge!

Narrowly beaten at the 2004 Games in Athens by Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell, Allyson has since added the 200m world titles in 2005 and 2007 and is a key member of the relay teams where she is also expected to pick up gold medals.

After BALCO and Marion Jones and Doping and every other thing to taint the world of track and field, the U.S. is in need of a T & F hero. Enter Allyson Felix. In addition to being the world champion at 200 meters, she is a Sunday school teacher. She has a degree in elementary education from USC and plans to teach when her running days are over.

Allyson campaigns tirelessly against illicit drug use in her sport. Along with several other prominent US athletes, including world 100 and 200m champion Tyson Gay, Allyson is a member of the U.S. Anti- Doping Agency’s ‘ Team Believe’, giving weekly blood and urine samples to build a physiological profile that would detect blips caused by illegal drugs.

‘I see it as a responsibility to prove I am clean,’ Felix says. ‘It’s important that the fans can believe in what they are watching. I don’t want anyone to have any doubts about what I achieve.’

Allyson Felix will be chasing three gold medals in Beijing in the 200m and the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Allyson Felix Biography

Allyson Felix was born on November 18, 1985 so her age is 22. She grew up in Santa Clarita, California. Her father, Paul, is a Baptist minister who had once been an excellent sprinter as a teen, and from her schoolteacher mother, Marlean, she inherited her long legs.

After graduating from Los Angeles Baptist High School in 2003, Felix decided to turn professional. She began attending the University of Southern California, but did not run for its team. Instead she signed with Adidas, a deal that made her ineligible to compete in college events. The six-figure, six-year endorsement contract, negotiated by her father, also included her USC tuition.

She continued to train and work with coach Pat Connolly, a former Olympic runner who coached Evelyn Ashford to an Olympic gold medal in 1984. And at the end of the 2003 season switched coaches to Bobbie Kersey – husband & coach of Olympic champion and world record holding heptathlete, Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

At five feet, six inches, Allyson weighed 125 pounds, but could leg-press 700 pounds and dead-lifted 245. She noted that being the daughter of a Baptist minister also gave her an inner strength.

“Prayer helps me. I pray before big meets,” she told Sports Illustrated writer Tim Layden. Laughing, she added, “I pray a little more before really hard workouts.”

In 2007, Allyson became the second woman in history to win 3 gold medals at one World Championships. She won the 200m in a huge personal best of 21.81 seconds, the fastest time run by a woman this century.

You can learn more about Allyson Felix at her personal website:

“Allyson Felix Womens-200M July 6, 2008″