When we arrived at Allyson's suite in The Peninsula hotel, she exuded the poise and vivacious spirit one would expect from an Olympian. As evidenced by the step and repeat, she was there to promote her partnership with Bounty, which she calls "very organic." Who doesn't use Bounty, AMIRITE? But that's not the only reason. "They're so involved in the community and that's something that's really important to me," she explained.
With the 2016 Olympics right around the corner, we imagine the most important thing right now for Allyson is to be in tip-top shape so she can bring home yet another win.
"It's still just as amazing," she told Cambio of the pride she feels representing the United States. "The approach is different every time. When I went to my first Olympic games, I was 18 and everything was overwhelming and brand new." She continued: "As I go back now at 30 years old, I'm very focused. There's a task at hand and there are expectations and responsibilities, but that feeling of being an Olympian - that never changes.
Read on to see what the inspirational athlete told us about her journey to greatness.
Cambio: When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in track and field?
Allyson Felix: I kind of just stumbled into it. I was at a new school and I just wanted to meet new people. I went out for the sport and I instantly fell in love with it.
C: How did playing a sport positively affect other aspects of your life?
AF: Even if you don't consider yourself a "sporty girl," it's still good to go out there and try because of the foundation it sets. It doesn't matter if you end up being a professional athlete or a lawyer, being involved in a sport teaches teamwork and how to manage your time and deal with disappoints. It's also important to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.
C: Who were some of your role models growing up?
AF: My parents are my biggest role models because they've been so up close to me and such hard workers. Jackie Joyner Coursey is someone in my sport whom I've looked up to. She's such a genuine person along with being a phenomenal athlete.
C: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
AF: Embrace the journey. You get so caught up in the end result and success that you forget there's something beautiful in the process and growth that happens along the way.
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