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Olympian Allyson Felix on Importance of Mentors

Olympian Allyson Felix

The 2016 Olympics are giving the world a healthy dose of #blackgirlmagic.  I am so excited to see so many beautiful women of color representing for this country.  They embody the essence of an american woman and most importantly,  a BLACK woman.  Track and field Olympian Allyson Felix is one of those beautiful women.  Watching her display of strength, grace, and skill in the relay race made me stick my chest out in pride as they clinched the gold and a new world record!

These beautiful women are becoming role models for so many young black girls at home that can turn on their televisions and see someone that looks like them achieving greatness.  It’s the feeling I had when I saw Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  Allyson Felix understands the responsibility that has been placed on her and her fellow Olympians.

 

“I think as a black female, our value seems to be so much less than our [male] counterpart so that’s always something that we’re aware of and you try to change [that] for the next generation” she said. “I think that it’s amazing that there are so many strong black athletes that are out there, like Serena Williams, who are doing such amazing things and breaking barriers and breaking people’s thoughts of what I should be. So for me, I definitely try to focus on a positive image and change for the next generation.”

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The 2016 US Olympic 4×100 Relay Team after their World Record win!

 

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