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Allyson Felix: The precarious crossroad between motherhood and sports

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode We Contain Multitudes.

Getting pregnant as a track and field athlete was called the "kiss of death." After becoming pregnant, Olympian Allyson Felix fought to change that by reforming her former sponsor's maternity policy.

About Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix is an eleven-time Olympic medalist and five-time Olympic champion. In the summer of 2022, she officially retired from track and field after winning her 19th medal.

She's also the co-founder and president of Saysh, a community-centered lifestyle brand for and by women, as well as an investor and advisor to other startups.

Felix was included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020 and 2021.

This segment of the TED Radio Hour was produced by Katherine Sypher and edited by Manoush Zomorodi and Rachel Faulkner. You can follow us on Twitter @TEDRadioHour and email us at TEDRadio@npr.org.

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Katherine Sypher
Manoush Zomorodi
Manoush Zomorodi is the host of TED Radio Hour. She is a journalist, podcaster and media entrepreneur, and her work reflects her passion for investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity.
Rachel Faulkner White
Rachel Faulkner is a producer and editor for TED Radio Hour.