Allyson Felix poses for a photo at the Team USA Media Summit on March 7, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix normally would be taking a rest right now. In a non-Olympic year, with no outdoor worlds, she would have her sights set on hitting the track in 2019 with an eye on Tokyo.
While Felix will be off the track, she’ll be doing anything but resting as she and her husband Kenneth are busy with their newborn daughter, Camryn, born Nov. 28 and announced Dec. 20.
The news will come as a surprise to fans, as Felix had not even publicly announced that she was pregnant. In a story relating her experience, Felix wrote that she had the announcement planned, but then complications dictated an emergency C-section at 32 weeks. Camryn will need to spend some more time in the NICU, but otherwise she and her mom are doing fine.
“I'm trying to be open to what God has in store for me and my family,” Felix wrote. “I still feel nervous and vulnerable. But I also feel brave and excited. Every day I sit with my daughter in the NICU and watch her fight. Every day she gets stronger and more beautiful.”
Already the most decorated woman in Olympic track and field history, Felix still plans to pursue a fifth Olympic Games. Besides her six Olympic gold medals, and three more silver medals, Felix is an 11-time world champion and 16-time world medalist, making her the most decorated man or woman in worlds history.