Felix is already one of the most decorated track and field athletes, winning a combined nine medals between each of her four Olympic games. Six of the medals are gold.
Another big accomplishment for Felix, it’s her first season as a mother. But her journey back to the track has not been an easy one.
In November 2018, Felix battled preeclampsia and underwent an emergency C-section at 32 weeks to deliver her daughter.
She then explained the fear and faith of having to let go of her plans:
“If I come back and I’m just not the same, if I can’t make a fifth Olympic team, I’m gonna know that I fought, that I was determined, and that I gave it my absolute all. And if it doesn’t end up the way I imagined in my head, it’ll be OK. I just have to go for it, because that’s just simply who we are now.”
Along with decorated women runners — including Alysia Montaño, Kara Goucher and Phoebe Wright — Felix successfully got the brand to adapt its policy which now ensures female athletes won’t be “adversely impacted financially for pregnancy” for 18 months, which is six months more than under the previous policy.
Now the world can watch Felix run in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.
CNN’s Ben Church and Jordan Valinsky contributed to this report.