Tuesday, June 26

Run like a girl (the real Alysia Montaño quote)

The US Olympic Trials have captivated the attention of more than one American. (I can say that with certainty because Hubby + me = 2, which is definitely more than 1.)

In my case, the Trials have given me a new hero in the running world: Alysia Montaño.

In about 45 seconds of post-race interview, after winning the women's 800 to qualify for the 2012 US Olympic team, Montaño summed up everything that "you run like a girl" really means.
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“The flower is.. to me, means strength with femininity. I think that a lot of people say things like 'you run like a girl.' That doesn't mean that you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you're strong. We are the givers of life."
Alysia Montaño (after winning the women's 800 meter race to qualify for the 2012 US Olympic team)
(For the record, most news agencies have botched the quote. I spent time today transcribing it from the post-race interview video.)


  1. I love that she ran with a flower in her hair. Awesome. Nice work going to the source material, lady (I wouldn't expect any less, of course). It's a great quote. :)

  2. Awesome - thanks for posting.

  3. What an awesome quote! I haven't watched much of the trials but it doesn't get any more inspirational than that!

  4. Good on you for taking the time to properly transcribe this. It's such a good, inspiring quote.


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