Growing up, Allyson Felix’s teammates called her “Chicken Legs” because of her long, skinny legs. Now they will refer to her as the “most decorated U.S. woman in Olympic track and field history.”
Felix won the 400m silver medal in the 2016 Olympics after a rain delay in Rio. She now has 7 total career Olympic medals, breaking a tie with Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Felix is coached by Joyner-Kersee’s husband, Bob.
It was her first individual Olympic 400m medal, although she does have 2 Olympic 4x400m gold medals.
Shaunae Miller dove across the finish line to complete her lap in 49.44 seconds. Felix finished .07 seconds later. The result tied for the closest finish in an Olympic 400m final.
Felix made her Olympic debut in 2004 at the age of 18 and claimed a silver medal in the 200m, which she often describes as her favorite event.
Four years later, she earned another 200m silver medal and her first gold medal, in the 4x400m.
Then in London, she won 3 gold medals, including her first individual Olympic gold medal in the 200m.