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Allyson Felix receives ultimate honour from her alma mater, USC

Allyson Felix is the most decorated female track athlete in U.S. history, winning 11 Olympic medals across five Olympic Games

2021 USA Olympic Trials Photo by: Kevin Morris

Seven-time Olympic champion and the most decorated female track athlete in U.S. history, Allyson Felix, received a special honour on Jan. 18, when the University of Southern California (USC), her alma mater, recognized her achievements by changing the name of the school’s track to Allyson Felix Field. 

Allyson Felix in the 4x400m relay at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. Photo: Kevin Morris

“For me to be born and raised in Los Angeles and have such a history at USC, I am just completely humbled,” Felix said in a statement released by the university. “It’s such a huge honour to be a part of history on campus, and it’s such a special place for me.”

Felix retired at the end of the 2022 season, competing in five Olympic Games between 2004 and 2020, and winning 11 Olympic medals: seven gold, three silvers and one bronze. 

She is also the most decorated athlete in world championship history, with 20 medals between 2005 and 2022, including 14 golds, three silvers and three bronzes (seven from individual events and 13 from team relays).

During her career, she has been a prominent advocate for women and women of colour in the sport of track and field. In 2018, she broke her contract with Nike after saying publicly that the company declined to provide adequate maternity benefits and salary guarantees as Felix looked to start her family. 

Allyson Felix representing her brand Athleta at the American Track League. Photo: Kevin Morris

The stadium was previously named after American philanthropist Katherine B. Loker. The track will be formally changed to Allyson Felix Field this spring.

“The Allyson Felix Field will recognize her immense achievements as a sports legend and Trojan—while also showing our admiration for her role as an entrepreneur, advocate and champion for women,” said USC President Carol Folt.

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