Allyson Felix: Big on life lessons

Allyson Felix: Big on life lessons
Singapore Sports School sprinters posing with Felix.

It is all about blinding, dazzling light when you meet her.

When she flashed that big, beaming-wide smile, her entire face lit up and I immediately thought Magic.

Los Angeles native Allyson Felix is a track superstar.

She is also nice, articulate, obliging, warm and friendly.

Her CV writes four Olympic golds and eight wins at the World Championships, it is unique and impressive, but even with such an allround package, she does not have the influence of the Los Angeles Lakers superhero Earvin "Magic" Johnson in the United States because of the nature of her job.

Track and field does not resonate as much in the United States.

It does better around the rest of the world, where Felix is regarded as a role model and it hardly weighs her down.

The sprint specialist and reigning Olympic 200m champion told me on Saturday it's cool to be a role model.

"I've always had a passion for kids, so for me, it is a great honour and responsibility to do things and inspire," she said, when we met at the Nike Store at Raffles City.

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