Allyson Felix left track and field as the most decorated sprinter of all time—but she recently explained to her four-year-old daughter that not everything in life comes quickly.
The 37-year-old retired Olympian was addressing an audience during the digital community launch of her shoe brand—Saysh, when she was asked about the last teachable moment she had with her daughter, Camryn.
She explained that her daughter had “recently just had her first little dance recital," for which Felix had to teach her patience.
“They sent home the choreography for us to work with her. She's 4 and so it was quite a bit, and I think she thought she was going to get it right away,” Felix said, according to PEOPLE.
“And so, [it was about] just teaching her, ‘We got to break things down. We have a big ambitious goal, but we have to make it in little bite-sized pieces,’ ” she explained. “So we worked on it a little bit every single day. And then just seeing her, the light going off and her getting it was really fun. So patience is always a lesson that is reoccurring.”
The event was held at the Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood, and Felix shared with the outlet that she hopes the shoe company inspires other women in similar ways.
Felix founded the company after being allegedly offered a 70% pay cut by Nike when she became pregnant with Camryn. So, she left the deal and started her shoe brand with her brother, Wes.
Saysh is intended to honor mothers that, according to the website, they offer new mothers the ability to return their shoes and get a fresh new pair if their shoe size changes after childbirth.
“I think about just the world that I want my daughter to grow up in, and I feel like I'm better when I can pour into myself, and I think other women are as well. And so I think that's really what motivates me to do this work as well.”
“Obviously, we're a company that sells shoes for women, but we just feel like we're so much more than that,” she continued. “It’s such a deeper level of what our shoes signify and what we can hopefully help and do for women as well.”
Felix also added that she hopes that Camryn will grow up seeing her mom running the business and is also inspired. “I hope it really teaches her that she doesn't have to have limits. I think sometimes this world puts a lot of limitations on us, and whether it's because she's a girl or a girl of color, whatever these things are, I hope that none of those things get in her way. And I think that's what we're trying to do here.”
She added, “I hope that the work that we're doing here just helps her in the life that she's going to have and her generation is going to have later on.”
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