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By God's Grace: Allyson Felix Breaks All-Time Olympic Record For Most Medals

Allyson Felix is an American sprinter. But, if you aren’t yet familiar with her, that’s about to change because she just etched her name into the Parthenon of Olympic heroes -- and for a legendary reason. Last week, after helping her 400 x 400 women’s relay team win the gold medal, Allyson won her 11th Olympic medal, beating Carl Lewis’s 33-year-old record and making her the most decorated Olympian of all-time in the process. 


To add to her already legendary Olympic performance, Allyson and her fellow team punctuated her legacy by absolutely torching the opposition. Their closest competition was an incredible four seconds (trust me, that’s a loooong time by track standards), behind their 3 minute, 16.85-second finish. However, more impressive than her historical performance is the adversity and incredible journey it took her to get to last week’s event, “alive,” as she humbly admits. 

"It might sound cliché, but getting to that starting line is an incredible victory for me. I've experienced the hardest years of my life in this journey, and I’m here by God’s grace. With a heart full of gratitude, I'm taking space to remember all it took to get here."

To read Allyson Felix’s remarkable story and the historic storybook ending to her prolific career, click the link below. 

Heading into Tokyo, Felix was already one of the top female Olympians in track and field history with nine medals, including six gold and three silver. Friday she earned a bronze in the 400m race to tie Lewis' record. Now she's become the most decorated U.S. track and field Olympian ever, and she's been giving God the glory throughout the process.

This has been the fifth Olympic appearance for the now 35-year-old mom, who gave birth to her daughter by emergency C-section in 2018, and she says this will be her last Olympics. But in an Instagram post, Felix wrote that she is thankful for the opportunities granted by God.

"It might sound cliché, but getting to that starting line is an incredible victory for me. I've experienced the hardest years of my life in this journey and by God's grace I'm here. With a heart full of gratitude I'm taking space to remember all it took to get here."

A devout Christian, she has said that faith is a critical component in her life.

"I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at a very young age. Ever since then, I have continually been striving to grow in my relationship with God," she said. "I was nowhere close to the perfect child. I had my share of difficult times along with some disappointing choices that I made, but thankfully God never stops loving me."

'By God's Grace': Allyson Felix Sets U.S. Track & Field Record with 11th Olympic Medal

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