Allyson Felix, who closed the Tokyo Video games final yr with extra Olympic medals than any U.S. observe and area athlete in historical past, says she’s going to retire after the 2022 season.
“This season isn’t concerning the time on the clock, it’s merely about pleasure,” Felix stated in an Instagram post Wednesday. “In case you see me on the observe this yr I hope to share a second, a reminiscence and my appreciation with you.”
At age 35, Felix received a bronze medal in the 400 meters final summer time in Tokyo, then adopted it up with a gold medal within the 4×400 relay.
These had been her tenth and eleventh Olympic medals, which helped her cross Carl Lewis within the U.S. file e-book and left her behind just one runner in historical past, Finland’s Paavo Nurmi, who received 12 medals between 1920 and 1928.
Her final main meets determine to be the U.S. championships from June 23-26, then the world championships, which occur in Eugene, Oregon, from July 15-24.
Felix additionally has a file 13 gold medals and 18 general from world championships.
Extra lately, she has develop into an outspoken advocate for girls. Her daughter, Camryn, was born in 2018. Across the identical time, Felix lower ties with Nike, upset with the best way the corporate handled pregnant athletes.
In her Instagram publish, she stated: “This season I’m working for girls. I’m working for a greater future for my daughter.”