Exclusive Q&A: Four-time gold medal sprinter Allyson Felix

Rio 2016: Why you should watch sprinter Allyson Felix
Rio 2016: Why you should watch sprinter Allyson Felix

Bounty teamed up with Allyson Felix, four-time Olympic gold medal sprinter to host "The 2016 Quicker Picker-Upper Games" in NYC.

During the event, attendees participated in games that tested their speed against two of the quickest players around -– Allyson Felix and Household Champion, Bounty the Quicker Picker-Upper -- and test their quickness in a green screen race. Allyson also was on-site to surprise a local youth track team.

Additionally, Bounty is asking people to share their best quicker picker upper tips showcasing how Bounty helps them beat the clock when it comes to cleaning up spills and messes. People can send tips to @Bounty using #quicktip and #promotion. Bounty will donate $1 for every #quicktip tweet to Community Olympic Development Programs, which helps progressing athletes from the beginning stages of development to the elite level*.

Allyson sat down with AOL Sports for a few minutes to talk about the new partnership, her career, wellness and much more.

Q: What's this new exciting project you're working on with Bounty?

A: It's a great partnership and it just makes sense because it's a product I use every day. It's an awesome fit. It's great to be in New York, where they're having people tweet quick tips showcasing how Bounty helps them – and with every tweet they'll donate a dollar to the Community Olympic Development Programs. It's a really cool partnership.

Q: We know you recently suffered a minor ankle injury. How long will you be sidelined?

A: Not sure. I hope to be racing back soon. Things are coming along well; it's just a little setback, but things are moving forward.

Q: How does your training regimen change as the Olympics approach? Or does it stay the same?

A: Things definitely change as we approach. We're still doing a super-heavy load, but then we'll do a minor scale back for trials in July, so it does change. You start to do less volume.

Q: Coming from somebody who keeps her fitness and wellness at a high level every day, what advice would you give to the average person who wanted to prioritize those things more?

A: I think biggest thing in my life is a difference is planning. Everyone is busy. You're working, you have a million things on your plate. So many people don't have time to prepare, so meal-planning is real big. When it comes time to eat, you'll always have a healthy option and balanced meals throughout the day.

Q: What's the biggest life lesson you've learned from sports?

A: The biggest ones for me is, you have to be patient. It's a process. It's not just one specific year -- and thinking that way makes you enjoy the process more.

Q: Out of all the accomplishments you've had, what's your favorite?

A: I would say winning the gold in 200 meters in 2012. It represents my entire journey. It represents good years and bad years. ... With injuries, feats and failures. I remember thinking, 'Man, is this ever going to happen for me?' There was relief, joy -- and finally I have it.

Q: What are you looking forward to most in Rio?

A: I always love to see the culture and how it's intertwined with the games. The ceremony and all that. From a personal standpoint for me, I've had a lot of experience now and I'll been able to use that, all those years of training will be put to good use.

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