Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix is bouncing back from a controversial race in Rio.
"I gave it everything I had," Felix said after the race. "It's deeply disappointing. I'm a competitor." Her silver medal makes Felix the most decorated female U.S. track and field athlete in history, with seven medals.
On the day after the race, Felix, a Christian, posted a message on her Instagram account. It reads:
Last night didn't end the way I had dreamed. I'm disappointed. I was quickly reminded of countless reasons to be proud, thankful and grateful. [Coach] Bobby [Kersee] told me this is the most proud he has ever been of me. That resonated with me. Everything went wrong this year, but some way I made it here and won a silver medal. I fought as hard as I could and gave my all. I'm most proud of never giving up on my dreams in the face of adversity. I'm extremely humbled to now be the most decorated female Olympian in USATF history. All glory to God!
The biggest thank you to all of YOU! I have never felt more loved, appreciated and uplifted. (Photo: Allyson Felix/Instagram/Screen Capture)
Felix, 30, is a Christian whose faith was profiled in the July/August edition of FCA magazine, a publication of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"The Lord has constantly revealed himself to me throughout my career," Felix says in an FCA video. "Ever since the beginning...I had a plan for my life and it definitely wasn't this, and so I think right away, it's like, OK, this is a different path than I was going to go down. If this is what the Lord's will is, then let's go with it." She also says, "I try to live my life for Christ."
Felix grew up in Los Angeles, the daughter of a pastor father and mother who was an elementary school teacher. Felix's father Paul is currently the pastor of the Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Inglewood, CA.
Joshua Cooley reports in the FCA magazine:
“I always looked up to my mom and dad,” says Allyson, who trusted in Christ at a young age. “They are such strong examples of faith. They have such strong belief systems. But they also lived it day in and day out. It was so encouraging to me.
“And my older brother, Wes—I was always chasing after him and wanting to be like him. So we’ve always had a very close-knit family.”
“I never expected to be a professional athlete,” she says. “I had to really trust Him and His plan for my life. We always have our own idea of how our life is going to go, but we really have to follow the Lord’s will. I had to trust Him in regards to injuries and other life situations.”