On June 20, Hayes and Felix completed the 400-meter final qualifying race for the U.S. Olympic team in first and second place, respectively. Hayes secured her spot as the U.S. national champion with a 49.78-second time, with Felix, a four-time Olympian, not far behind at 50.02. But track star is only one title these two powerhouse women share in common. Another is mom.
Following the race, Felix shared the cutest moment on the track with her two-year-old daughter, Camryn.
This image is even sweeter when you consider the difficult road Felix had to take to get here. This will be her first Olympics since welcoming her daughter in 2018. The nine-time Olympic medalist may have suffered from severe preeclampsia during her pregnancy, but that didn’t stop her from breaking a record set by Usain Bolt just 10 months after giving birth. Since then, the icon has spoken out against Nike over pregnancy discrimination and continues to use her voice to raise awareness about the Black maternal mortality crisis.
“Man, it has been a fight to get here,” Felix said during a post-race interview, per Good Morning America. “And one thing I know how to do is fight, so I just wanted to do that all the way home.”
Shortly after the race, Hayes brought over her two-year-old son, Demetrius, to congratulate her teammate. “Guys, we’re going to Tokyo,” Felix said to the kids after sharing a hug with Hayes, who added, “Can you say supermommies?” Watch the adorable interaction, below.
Another track star joining Hayes and Felix in Tokyo is America’s fastest woman, Sha’Carri Richardson. After securing that title and her spot on the team by winning the 100m final on June 19, the 21-year-old first-time Olympian ran straight into her grandmother’s arms.
“Without my grandmother, there would be no Sha’Carri Richardson,” she told NBC. “My family is my everything, my everything until the day I’m done.”
We couldn’t be more excited to root for these legends during the Olympics 2021, which kick off on July 23.