Alysia Montaño (née Johnson) is an American Olympian, Athlete, Activist, Author, Podcast Host, and Mother.
As a Black woman, mother, and athlete, activism took on a natural role. In 2019, Alysia shared a NYT Op-Ed Opinion ‘Dream Maternity’, a piece that revealed discrimination that took place against women athletes that became pregnant. From there, #DreamMaternity became a movement that she has since turned to action with the launch of her non-profit &MOTHER, which aims to break down barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in career and motherhood.
In 2020 Alysia released her book “Feel-Good Fitness,” fun workout challenges to inspire your fitness streak inspired by her fighting spirit to get up and keep going after her fall at the 2016 Olympic Trials.
2019 had proved to be enough of the under-told stories of Women in Sports; In the fall of 2019 Keeping Track podcast launched helping better tell the stories of women in sports.
Alysia distinguishes herself by wearing a flower in her hair while running, a personal affectation she adopted to assert her strength in femininity noting the two are not mutually exclusive.