On her quest for a 10th career medal from the Tokyo Olympics, five-time Olympian Allyson Felix never forgets why she works so hard to succeed.
The 35-year old sprinter took to Instagram yesterday to remind everyone that she always competes for her two-year-old daughter, Camryn. Felix wanted to remind everyone that “knowing why” you set out to achieve something is just as important as doing it.
“One step at a time. One round at a time. Know your why,” Felix wrote. “It’s really just one step at a time. Whether that’s a race or in real life. You just have to know your why.”
In the post, the first picture shows Felix midstride as she competes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But when you swipe to the left, you see an adorable video of Felix’s “why” cheering on her mom on TV.
“Mommy tired!” Camryn says in the video. She’s sitting on the couch next to who appears to be her dad, Kenneth Ferguson. The two of them watch a highlight reel of Allyson Felix at the Olympics.
“Is she tired from running?” the person recording the video asks. “Yeah,” Camryn replies.
Felix addresses the video by concluding her caption with, “My why is clear and unchanging. Swipe to see her watching mommy. Next up semis.”
In the semis on Wednesday, Felix finished in second place to qualify for the women’s 400-meter final on Friday. If she wins her 10th medal, she’ll be tied with Carl Lewis for the most medals won by any American track and field athlete. She’s currently tied with Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey-Page for the most Olympic medals won by a female track and field runner worldwide.
Allyson Felix Talks Being a Mom at her Fifth Olympics
Earlier this week, TODAY shared a video of Allyson Felix reading a letter to her daughter Camryn. She read it before racing in the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.
“Six gold medals and three silver, yet my greatest accomplishment is you,” Felix begins. According to TODAY, the sprinter delivered Camryn via a cesarean section almost three years ago and dealt with preeclampsia while pregnant.
“Do you know what they said after I had you? They said I’d retire, that I was too old to complete, that I couldn’t get my body back in shape, but Cami, here I am to prove them wrong,” Felix continues. “Never, ever underestimate the power of your voice. That is something you’ve taught me.”
“I’ve had a lot of titles, but by far, mama is my favorite,” Felix said. “And sweet girl, I want more medals. I deeply want you to see me standing on that podium with gold around my neck and know that mommy worked hard for it. Nobody said that it would be easy, but it will be worth it.”
“Your voice has power — don’t ever forget that,” the five-time Olympian finished. “You helped me find mine and I will continue to use it. Cami, I love you.”