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Allyson Felix

Updated: January 23, 2012, 11:32 AM ET

OS ANGELES -- The 200-meter dash has the most elegant geometry of any race, starting with a sweeping bend that opens onto a straightaway. When Allyson Felix runs it the way she wants to, it feels as if the force she generates on the curve flings her down the track like a pebble from a mighty slingshot. It feels as if the power comes from outside of her.

She believes it does. She believes she was born with a gift that is both a blessing and a responsibility. Felix, the ...

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