It has had a big impact on my life.” Although the capital holds inspirational memories for Felix, now a relative elder stateswoman at 28, her three gold medals at the London Olympics have clearly impinged little upon the aura of quiet serenity derived from her devout Christianity.
“I don’t define myself through my running, I do so by my identity and my faith.
When you're surrounded by the best, you become the best.
At UK, Sydney is coached by Edrick Floreal, who, since taking over at Kentucky as the director of track and field in 2012, has led five UK women and one relay team to a combined eight national championships and the UK team to a second-place team finish at the 2015 outdoor NCAA championships.
Nine-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix did when she graduated high school in 2003.
Felix and Sydney were teammates in Rio, and Sydney wouldn't mind following in her footsteps in solidifying herself as one of the best on the track.
She lit up social media when she ran a national high school record 49.85-second 400-meter relay split in June."She's way too high over the hurdles," he says (the less time a hurdler spends in the air, the better). Floreal is already running drills with Sydney, and he's seeing improvement."She's sucking up the information like she's thirsty," he says.He also coaches a stable of pros, including Harrison and Carter.With Sydney, he's tasked with taking one of the best high school track athletes in history and making her one of the greatest track and field stars. Sydney's hurdling ability, according to Floreal's critique, isn't world class. She would run really fast and jump."Floreal is putting Sydney in the 100-meter hurdles this year instead of her specialty, the 400 hurdles. If she can master the steps and jumps in the 12 to 13 seconds it takes to run the 100, she will be able to improve in the longer sprint, too.