Olympic track and field athlete Allyson Felix to retire after 2022 season

The finish line is in sight for Allyson Felix.

After more than 20 years of sprinting to success, America’s most decorated athlete in Olympic track and field history has announced that she plans to hang up her running shoes after the 2022 season.

“As a little girl they called chicken legs, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having a career like this,” Felix wrote in a heartfelt post she shared with her fans. and her followers on Instagram on Wednesday. “I have so much gratitude for this sport which has changed my life. I gave everything I had to race and for the first time I don’t know if I have anything left to give.

Team USA’s Allyson Felix competes in the women’s 400m semi-final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

And what she has already given has left an indelible mark on her sport.

Over five Olympics, Felix has won 11 medals – including seven golds – and she holds the record for the most gold medals ever at the world championships in athletics along with 13 other accolades.

The Olympic Games-Tokyo 2020
Allyson Felix of the USA with her gold medal after her team won the 4x 400m relay final. Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

With this latest feat, she surpassed Usain Bolt’s record for the most world championship titles in the sport. But according to the 36-year-old sprinting sensation, as she nears the home stretch of her career, it’s not about medals or records anymore.

“I want to say goodbye and thank you to the sport and the people who helped shape me the only way I know how – with one last run,” she continued. “This season is not about time on the clock, it’s simply about joy. If you see me on the track this year, I hope to share a moment, a memory and my appreciation with you.

Felix, who also became an off-track champion for pregnant athletes in 2019 when she took on former sponsor Nike for postpartum pay cuts, explained that her 2022 season will be dedicated to all women.

“This season I’m running for women,” she wrote. “I’m running for a better future for my daughter. I’m running for you. More to come, so stay tuned, but I’ll be sharing a series of announcements that I hope will make the world a better place for women.”

She added, “This is my last season✨.”

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