Who is Allyson Felix's husband? Olympic champ became more driven after becoming a mom
'For me, it has been hard because a lot of that is asking for help sometimes but it’s just – we have a great support system and it’s amazing,' Felix said about her husband Kenneth Ferguson
Allyson Felix, the only female track and field athlete to win six Olympic gold medals, is on the cusp of yet more greatness at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as she appears at her first Olympic Games since the birth of her daughter in December 2018.
Felix also boasts of 19 medals in the World Championship competition — including her 13th and 14th gold medals at the 2019 event. She equaled Merlene Ottey's and Usain Bolt's 14 medal tally by winning a bronze in the 400m final at the 2017 World Championships in London. Naturally, her fans are curious about her personal life. Although she likes to keep her family life out of the public eye, she does share pictures of her husband and her daughter on her social media page. Her husband does the same.
Who is Kenneth Ferguson?
Allyson Felix is married to Kenneth Ferguson, who shares Felix’s passion for running as he is a former sprinter and hurdler. He specializes in the 400 metres, 110 and 400-metre hurdles. He won three gold medals at the 2003 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, in the 110 metre and 400 metre hurdles, and 4×400 metres relay.
Ferguson and Felix reportedly began dating in 2005. It is unclear when they tied the knot. However, Ferguson has been described as Felix’s husband since the mid-2010s. In an interview with the People Magazine last year, Felix gushed about her other half as she opened up about how she and Ferguson keep their romance alive despite having busy schedules. She explained: “I think it’s just important to really try to schedule time for ourselves. For me, it has been hard because a lot of that is asking for help sometimes but it’s just – we have a great support system and it’s amazing.”
Felix on motherhood
Felix and Ferguson welcomed their daughter Camryn Grace in 2018. Speaking to USA Today, Felix said how her daughter motivated her athletic career. “My daughter has totally been that driving force. I’ve always been this competitive person. I’ve always had a drive and a desire to win. But I think now, being a mom, it’s really about teaching her how to overcome adversity and showing her what hard work looks like.”
Felix once admitted she would love to have more children. However, she is currently focused on competing at the Tokyo Olympics which were rescheduled due to the pandemic from last year to July and August 2021. "I would love to have more children [but] right now our focus is definitely on these upcoming games," Felix said. "But definitely in the future I would love to grow our family."
She spoke about how motherhood gave her a new drive: "The reason that I do everything now, I'm always thinking about her. As an athlete, I've been driven to win," she explained. "I've been really disciplined, but now the purpose behind that is wanting to share these moments with her and tell her about overcoming adversity and some of the things I've had to fight for, and really so that she won’t have to have that fight when she grows up."