She's already competed in three Olympic Games and won six Olympic medals. That isn't going to stop the 26-year-old from going after more, though.
Allyson Felix has said that she definitely plans on training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"I am going to try to do it again," Felix said during an interview with Tavis Smiley. "I'm still enjoying what I'm doing and I'm very passionate about it, and I feel like right now I'm in my prime. Yeah, I'm going to give (Rio de Janeiro) a shot."
Felix had her most successful Olympic Games in London. After two silver-medal performances in 2004 and 2008, Felix finally was able to claim gold in the 200-meter sprint event at the 2012 Games. In addition, she won gold medals in the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay.
In total, her Olympic medal count consists of four gold medals (she also won gold as part of the 4x400-meter relay in 2008) and two silver medals. In addition, Felix's world championship career medal count is currently made up of eight gold medals, one silver medal and a bronze medal.
She's one of the most decorated female track and field athletes in history. She's also one of the most respected. Earlier this year, Felix was given the 2011-2012 USOC SportsWoman of the Year award for her work both on and off the track.
Off the track, Felix works to promote health and fitness among children, as she believes that inactivity is one of the most dangerous problems facing the youth of the United States, she said.
"I think that … inactivity is now a normal thing," Felix said during the interview with Smiley. "And they have these diseases that we see in older people. And it's just frightening. This generation now is just the first generation that will live five years less than their parents. And when I hear that, it's just mind boggling. Who wants their child to live a shorter life expectancy than themselves? Something definitely has to be done."
One way to make a difference, Felix says, is to keep running and competing. That way, she will have a platform from which to continue spreading the word.
Besides, the California native still loves to run and she loves to win. Looking forward four years to the 2016 Olympic Games, she hopes to be winning again.
Sandra Johnson is a longtime fan of Olympic sports. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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