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Olympic spotlight: Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix goes for the gold in London
USC alum Allyson Felix is a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 200m. (Photo/Eric Gay)

Track speedster Allyson Felix did not race competitively at USC, but she earned her degree from Troy, so she is a Trojan through and through. At 26, the two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 200 meters is in her prime and ready to go for the gold at the London Summer Olympics.

Felix is no stranger to finishing first. She owns an Olympic gold medal for running a leg on the 4×400-meters relay team in 2008, as well as eight world outdoor championships.

Born and raised in Southern California, Felix is the daughter of an ordained minister and professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, Calif. Her mother is an elementary school teacher at Balboa Magnet Elementary. Older brother Wes Felix is also a sprinter. Running the 200 meters, he was the USA Junior Champion in 2002 and the Pac 10 champion in 2003 and 2004 while running for USC. Wes now acts as an agent for his sister.

Felix attended Los Angeles Baptist High School in North Hills, Calif., where she was nicknamed “Chicken Legs” by teammates because the 5-foot-6, 125-pound sprinter had skinny legs despite her strength.

She became the youngest gold-medalist sprinter in the 200 meters at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005 and then successfully defended her title in Osaka, Japan, two years later. At Osaka, Felix caught Jamaican Veronica Campbell on the bend and surged to finish in 21.81 seconds.

At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Felix participated in the 200- and 400-meter races, as well as the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.

On June 30 at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., she came close to running the perfect 200-meter race, as documented at espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/

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