Retired track and field athlete Allyson Felix is living life to the fullest – and she intends to keep it that way.
Last year, Felix, who is the most decorated track star of all time with 11-gold winning Olympic titles, announced she would be stepping away from her career after the 2022 season.
Following her participation at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last summer, she has been quietly enjoying her life alongside her husband and 4-year-old daughter. Although adjusting to life without professional running brings new challenges to her life, she is confident she made the right decision.
“I feel like I will always miss it because I love to compete, and I just thrive off of that,” the 37-year-old said in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE Magazine. “I don’t doubt my decision at all. I feel very confident in that, but I do miss the training. I miss teammates and traveling for competitions. All of those things I’ll definitely continue to miss, but also, this is where I’m supposed to be.”
She added the sentiments, “I’m definitely still very much in the transition phase of just getting used to not having that very structured day of starting off with training for five hours, so I’ve been dealing with that.”
Allyson Felix discusses her business ventures.
Despite Felix not being on the track in a competitive track, she’s dedicated her time to advancing her brand Saysh. Additionally, she is continuing her partnership with the athletic lifestyle brand Athleta. “I feel absolutely where I’m supposed to be with the work that I’m doing with growing my company, everything that is going on with Athleta. I feel very fulfilled in all of that sense,” the track star said of her business ventures.
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Athleta is also led by fellow Olympian Simone Biles. Alongside Felix, there are 11 elite female athletes involved in the company’s empowerment initiative called The Power of She Collective, including World Cup champ Heather O’Reilly, tennis star Monica Puig and WNBA star Monique Billings. The collective seeks to “further wellbeing for women and girls, create impact and inspire product.”
“We’re just really excited about this,” Felix said of the Collective. “Doing things differently and bringing together an amazing group of women… being able to celebrate all of them holistically and all of their differences and the causes that they’re involved in
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