EXCLUSIVE: Runner Allyson Felix Reveals What She's Most Excited to Eat After the Olympic Games
By Stacy Lambe
Competing in her fourth Summer Olympics, track and field star Allyson Felix is ready to add a few more medals to her collection. Already a four-time gold medalist and two-time silver medalist, Felix will compete in several events, including the 400-meter as the Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil head into week two.
During a break from the competition, Felix opened up about the stunning Opening Ceremony, life in the Olympic Village and what she looks forward most to eating after it's all over:
ET: Which athletes are you most excited to meet during the Olympics?
Allyson Felix: I would love to meet the U.S. gymnasts!
Which event, outside your sport, are you most excited to watch?
Gymnastics, 100 percent. I am in awe as to what these talented ladies can do.
What was the craziest moment from the Opening Ceremony?
The moment we got to walk out into the stadium. Everyone was chanting, it was so loud and so special -- I'll never forget it.
Who did you march with during the Opening Ceremony and why?
It was a bunch of my teammates in groups bunched into what sports you played. But as you walk, you sort of mix and mingle all throughout. It's great!
What's life really like in the Olympic Village?
It's fun! You get a mix of so many different athletes and sports, which is unique to the Olympic Village. But at the same time, you’re taking care of business -- having medical visits and treatments, going to the busy dining hall. There's a grocery store and the P&G Olympic Village Salon where athletes receive decadent treatments -- everyone wants to go there. It's the talk of the town.
What's your favorite thing about being in Rio so far?
Just the atmosphere. The people and the Olympic buzz are great.
What's one thing you plan to do in Rio that you can't do back at home?
I want to visit the sites like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain for sure.
Who from back home do you hope is watching you compete and why?
No one in particular. Just want my family and friends to watch -- I know they're supporting me!
Readers love learning about what athletes eat. What's your game-day meal?
I keep it simple, don't change much from what I usually eat. I'll have fish -- like salmon or halibut -- and a vegetable. Broccoli is my favorite veggie, hands down.
What's one thing you're looking forward to eating (or treating yourself to) after the competition is over?
Ice cream. My favorite is Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. I seriously cannot resist it.
How is P&G helping you compete at your very best?
I'm excited to be a Bounty athlete, as they have been a strong support system for my entire family leading up to these games. It's been special being part of their Thank You, Mom campaign because my mom is one of the greatest drivers of strength in my life. She has always pushed me to reach my best potential, so being a part of it allows me to say thank you to her for everything she has ever done for me and get my head ready to win gold.