Monitor-and-field star Allyson Felix is so ridiculously quick, simply watching her run leaves us breathless. Her quick and livid tempo (ahem, with a private greatest within the 400 meter of 49.26) has earned her a spot on the Olympics 3 times working. And now, the four-time Olympic gold medalist hopes so as to add two extra to her trophy case on the Rio Video games.
The street to Rio hasn’t all been clean crusing for the 30-year-old frontrunner, although. After a critical hamstring harm again in 2013 and an ankle harm this previous April, Felix says she’s grateful to also have a shot at competing within the 400-meter and 4×400-meter in Rio. Nonetheless, she’s coming in as a favourite, and is extra decided than ever to shatter information in each occasions.
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As she adjusts to life in Rio and makes her remaining preparations for the Video games, Felix caught up with Each day Burn to speak about how she has recovered from her accidents, her plans for setting new information and her latest partnership with Bounty, one of many athlete’s key sponsors. (Proctor & Gamble, which owns Bounty, can be a sponsor of the 2016 Olympic Video games.) Learn on to listen to Felix’s tackle one of the best factor to eat pre-race, the evolution of her coaching, and the stunning instruments you’d discover in her gymnasium bag.
Meet Olympic Sprinter Allyson Felix
On the Olympic expertise, take three…“[I plan to] embrace it and take all of it in! It’s been a tough 12 months with some ups and downs, so I’m actually grateful to be in Rio. I wish to soak up the entire expertise and cherish it.”
On the evolution of her coaching… “As I’ve gotten extra skilled, I’ve been in a position to regulate my exercise. For instance, I’ve revamped my weight program. As I find out about my physique extra, I see what works and I’m in a position to change issues as wanted.”
On rehabbing her hamstring… “I’m doing a whole lot of therapy and remedy. I’m actually simply staying on prime of what I have to do!”
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“I attempt to not make the second larger than it’s. Simply be calm and do what I’ve at all times achieved.”
On maintaining with coaching whereas touring…“I really like utilizing the Nike+ Coaching Membership app. They’ve a whole lot of exercises you are able to do in small areas that don’t require a whole lot of gear.”
On staying calm and managing strain…“I attempt to not make the second larger than it’s. Simply be calm and do what I’ve at all times achieved.”
On the final meal earlier than a race…“I attempt to not change something an excessive amount of. I usually eat grilled salmon, brown rice and broccoli for dinner.”
On “good luck” rituals…“I’m not superstitious — however my mother gave me a cross necklace, and I really feel like I at all times should have it once I compete. My mother and I at all times discuss and pray collectively earlier than I compete as properly.”
On what’s in her gymnasium bag… “I’ve a whole lot of instruments for stretching like a softball, stretch rope and lacrosse ball for my ft. And, I even have some lip gloss and moisturizer.”
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On the following few weeks…“Apart from the competitors, I’m wanting ahead to the Opening Ceremony. It’s wonderful, and I really like how the tradition is at all times infused. I’m excited to expertise that.”
On life after Rio…“[I plan to] take a trip someplace and simply avoid the monitor. I’ll do one thing enjoyable and never working associated!”
On overcoming obstacles…“Make small objectives, create a plan and go after it. You must go after no matter you’re obsessed with. Don’t focus solely on the top objective, however embrace the method and luxuriate in rising and the whole lot that will get you the place it’s essential go.”
For Felix, her way of life is all about being fast — from on the monitor to at residence. Regardless of her record-breaking tempo, Felix is rather like us and makes a large number or two in between cooking meals and exercises. That’s why she’s partnered with Bounty for the Rio Olympics — the model that helps her choose up messes in report time.
To trace Allyson Felix’s Olympic journey in Rio, observe her on Fb, Twitter and Instagram. For all main monitor and area updates from Staff USA, go to teamusa.org. The Olympics start on August 5, and the primary monitor and area occasion is on Friday, August 12.