Today American sprinter Allyson Felix will certainly contend for gold in the 400-meter race, after completing first in Sunday’s semifinals. If Felix wins a medal in today’s race, she will exceed her mentor Jackie Joyner-Kersee for the most occupation medals by an American female track as well as field athlete. Felix’s trip to Rio hasn’t been without hardship, as she received an ankle joint injury while training in the springtime, and after a slow healing procedure she cannot get the 200-meter race, her favored occasion, at this year’s Games. We overtook Felix to listen to even more concerning her Olympic encounter as well as how she has prepared herself for her chance at a 5th gold medal.

What was your psychological strategy entering into the Rio Olympics?

It’s been truly various this year, as I have actually been dealing with a quite disastrous injury. Mentally, I simply attempt to be strong and also depend on my love for the sporting activity and also understand that the amount of work I’ve put in to this sport throughout my life will lead me.

What was your morning regular preceeding Rio? And in Rio?

I don’t awaken truly early. I’m generally up by 7 or 7:30, then have an unwinded morning-catch up on jobs as well as errands. Early mornings in Rio I typically rise, visit the track, after that obtain some kind of massage or chiropractic work, I have actually simply been obtaining my final preparations in!

How had your training strategy altered entering into these Gamings compared with previous Olympics or world championships?

It was absolutely a lot more intense. When I was hurt my training needed to be changed. I had to do a great deal of rehabilitation, spend time in the swimming pool and on the bike, so the training certainly got even more creative compared to ever before before.

What has been your experienced in Rio so far? Any type of funny tales from traveling, driving, or socializing with various other athletes in the Village?

The favorite has been opening up ceremony as well as walking with everybody.

What are your plans to celebrate post-Olympics?

Definitely going on a trip. I like the Caribbean so maybe I’ll go there. And just relaxing, doing absolutely nothing, appreciating being still.

What has actually maintained you focused in the days preceeding the track as well as field competitors in Rio?

Having my assistance system below in Rio, having the ability to be around them and eat with them or just socialize. That makes it feel like I have a little item of home with me, which makes me much more comfortable and relaxed.

Can you tell us regarding the function your mother has actually played in this journey?

It’s been special being a P&G Bounty professional athlete and also taking component in their Thanks, Mommy project because my mother is among the biggest motorists of toughness in my life. She has always pushed me to reach my ideal potential, so belonging of it allows me to thank to her for every little thing she has actually ever provided for me.