Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix stopped by “The Tonight Show” Friday night to speak with Jay Leno about her performance at the London Games, her future as a competitor and a childhood nickname she can’t seem to escape.
Wearing a long-sleeve red dress, the track and field star discussed her three gold medal victories in the 200-meter, 4x400-meter relay and 4x100-meter relay in London.
She said one of her proudest moments was seeing her parents after her races. In fact, she keeps her gold medals at her parents’ house.
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“They like to do a bit of bragging when people come over,” she said.
And they have a lot to brag about. In London, Felix, 26, became the first U.S. woman to win three golds in Olympic track and field since 1988. She also became the second to win Olympic gold at the 4x100 and 4x400 either at one Games or all-time.
When asked what she did after her victories, Felix said she indulged by asking her brother to buy her Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream.
“I sat on my bed all alone and just pigged out,” she said.
Finally, Felix discussed her plans for the future and a childhood nickname that followed her to London. During one of her races, an announcer said classmates used to call her “chicken legs,” a name she hated but now embraces. She also said she plans to compete in the 2016 Games in Rio De Janeiro.
“I’m going to shoot for it,” she said. "I feel like everything's finally coming together. I've got to keep it going."