Decorated Olympian Allyson Felix breaks down the importance of #BlackGirlMagic
Allyson Felix is the most decorated female track and field star. She stopped by Business Insider to talk about the rise of #BlackGirlMagic, and being an inspiration for aspiring athletes.
Felix is working together with the YMCA on a campaign to bring awareness to students about STEM opportunities. Following is a transcript of the video.
Allyson Felix: Well I love hearing about #BlackGirlMagic, I think it's amazing. I love that it really soared after the Olympics, because it's true about representation and really inspiring others to - whether it's athletics or whatever it is, just knowing that they can go after their dreams and it doesn't matter where you come from, how you're brought up, that you can really reach your goals.
I think it's really important to be an African American woman at the Olympics. I think representation is extremely important. For me it's a privilege and an honor to be there representing and knowing that little girls and boys are back home and hopefully they find inspiration from this. I know for myself that was true, I watched Dominique Dawes and I was fascinated by her and her performance in the Olympics, and I really want to do the same.The Olympics is always gonna be your biggest stage, and it's always where you wanna perform the most, but you'll definitely have races that are just as competitive, some that are more competitive, and you're constantly seeing this high level of competition. But the Olympics always raises the stakes because not only do you have to face this competition, but you also have to perform on the world's biggest stage.
Yeah, so right now I am getting ready for this season, but beyond that, I'm excited for World Championships in 2019, and then I would love to end my career by making a fifth Olympic team, so that's my big goal, working hard to be able to make a fifth and final team.
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