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Olympic Legend Allyson Felix Was Summoned Out of Retirement While Eating Hot Wings in LA

Plus, a surf and turf deal at Lawry’s, and changes to Eagle Rock’s Swork Coffee

World-class American female runner Talitha Diggs hands baton off to another runner, Allyson Felix.
Talitha Diggs of Team United States hands off to Allyson Felix of Team United States in the Women’s 4x400m Relay heats on day nine of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 23, 2022.
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One of America’s most decorated track and field runners might owe a final curtain call to Los Angeles-based Hot Wings Cafe.

While eating a root beer float and hot wings (what she called her “cheat meal”) and plotting retirement from the sport, Olympic legend Allyson Felix was asked at the last minute to participate in the World Championship 4 x 400 relay qualifier on Saturday, July 23. Felix, a seven-time Olympic gold medalist, is a Los Angeles local and alumnus of Westlake Village’s Oaks Christian School as well as USC. The story of Felix biting into chicken wings while getting the call was picked up by numerous outlets over the weekend, including ESPN, the Guardian, and Reuters.

Felix and the team clocked in at a record-breaking three minutes and 23.38 seconds in the qualifier, reports the Los Angeles Times. It’s a fantastic story about a legendary athlete and the magic of hot wings.

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