Allyson Felix, the most adorned U.S. observe and subject athlete in historical past, introduced on Instagram that she would retire on the finish of the 2022 season.
“As a little girl they called chicken legs, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I’d have a career like this,” Felix wrote.
“I have so much gratitude for this sport that has changed my life. I have given everything I have to running and for the first time I’m not sure if I have anything left to give,” she added.
Felix mentioned she needed to make her final season about pleasure. She mentioned she could be operating for girls and “for a better future for my daughter.”
During final summer season’s Olympics in Tokyo, Felix secured her eleventh medal, when she helped the U.S. ladies’s 4×400 meter relay staff win gold. Tokyo was the final Games Felix competed in in her profession.
“It was really cool to come together to get to close out the Olympic Games and for me, my Olympic career in this way,” she mentioned.
Off the observe, Felix additionally turned an advocate for maternal well being for Black lady, after publicly sharing her story of getting an emergency C-section when she delivered her daughter.
She’s additionally broadly advocated for athletes who’re mothers like herself. In 2021, she created a grant for Olympic athletes who’re moms to assist their little one care wants whereas they competed overseas. And she has been vital of her former sponsor, Nike, when the corporate refused to pay her whereas she was on maternity depart.
“There have been so many women before me who had to stay silent about their fight, and so for me to be able to step out … I think my daughter gave me the courage to do that,” she mentioned final August.