Allyson Felix's triple-gold performance at the London Olympics, and Ashton Eaton's record-breaking year in multi-events competition, earned the pair the 2012 Jesse Owens awards as the top American female and male track and field performers of the year.
Felix took the 200-meter gold in London and ran on the United States' victorious 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relay teams. The 4 x 1 team also set a world record of 40.82 seconds.
Eaton broke his own world record in the indoor heptathlon in March, with 6,645 points, while striking gold at the World Indoor Championships. He broke the outdoor marathon world mark at the U.S. Olympic Trials, with 9,039 points, then earned a decathlon gold medal in London.
Eaton won the Owens award for the first time, while Felix won for the fourth time in the last eight years.