Allyson Felix is both the most decorated woman in Olympic track and field history and the most decorated American track and field athlete in Olympic history. She earned 11 total medals from five consecutive Olympic Games.
In 2018, pregnant Felix developed pre-eclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure along with a potentially harmful childbirth. Her premature daughter was delivered via emergency C-section. Nike, Felix’s sponsor, refused to continue her contract, only offering 70% because they thought she would performance poorly following childbirth. Felix helped create a public outcry over Nike’s refusal to guarantee salary protections for its pregnant athletes. This prompted the sportswear brand to expand its maternity policy in 2019.
Following the birth of her daughter, in 2019, Felix won her 12th and 13th world championship gold medals, making Felix the record holder of the most golds medals of any athlete in World Athletics Championships history. In this portrait she poses with her cesarean scar and some of her many medals.