Allyson Felix, one of the most decorated U.S. track and field athletes in history, announced on Instagram that she would retire at the end of the 2022 season.
Felix has been a household name for nearly 20 years. Her first Olympics was Athens, way back in 2004, when she won a silver medal in the 200 meters at just 18. The next year she won that event at the World Championships, making her the youngest world champion ever.
“As a little girl they called chicken legs, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I’d have a career like this,” Felix wrote.
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“I have so much gratitude for this sport that has changed my life. I have given everything I have and for the first time I’m not sure if I have anything left to give,” she added.
Felix said she wanted to make her last season about joy. She said she would be running for women and “for a better future for my daughter.”
During last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, Felix secured her 11th medal, when she helped the U.S. women’s 4×400 meter relay team win gold. Tokyo was the last Games Felix competed in in her career.
“It was really cool to come together to get to close out the Olympic Games and for me, my Olympic career in this way,” she said.