Allyson Felix reached into her purse and pulled out a black box that she opened gingerly, revealing the Olympic gold medal from the 200 meters she worried might never be hers.
Now it is.
''No one wants to just see me anymore. They want to see the medal,'' the American sprinter said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, several hours before heading to Olympic Stadium for the 4x100-meter relay final.
Felix knows exactly where that prize will reside once she gets back home to California: her parents' home, where all her other medals are, including the two silvers from the 200 in Athens and Beijing.
''They like to brag,'' Felix said, chuckling and rolling her eyes. ''And when people come over, (the medals) somehow fall into their laps. They have fun with that stuff.''
If all goes to plan, Felix will be able to add to the collection at Mom and Dad's place. That's because the 26-year-old figures she has one more Summer Games in her.
She's also sure she can continue to...