Why Alysia Montano wears a flower in her hair during every race.
Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
The flower remains Montano’s trademark even though her opponents are now world-class female middle-distance runners.
"The flower to me means strength with femininity," Montano said in June after winning the 800 at the U.S. Olympic trials. "I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong."
I’m currently (re)reading Tamora Pierce’s The Song of the Lioness quartet as part of Bookphile’s Tortall read-a-thon, which started today! I have this lovely ominbus edition that, as you can see, contains all four books - and if i took a close up of the spine, you would see how i beat the hell out of it when i was in jr high and kept reading it over and over and over again. I have such great memories of this series, i hope i have the chance to read the rest of them again as well!
p.s. if you’d like to follow my posts for this part of the read-a-thon, i’ll be tagging them lioness liveblog.