While some athletes are getting their "game face" on, DeeDee Trotter puts on her "glitter face."
She turned heads at the U.S. Olympic Trials as much for her second-place finish in the women's 400 meters as for the explosion of color around her right eye and down her cheek.
"It's what I put on when I know I'm ready to go out there and try to rock and roll - I've got to put on my glitter face!" said Trotter, 29, a three-time Olympian who won a gold medal on the 4x400-meter relay in 2004.
She was introduced to the temporary tattoos while appearing in a 2009 charity event in Tennessee called "Dancing with the Knoxville Stars."
"It's sweat proof and I thought, 'Man, this will be great to wear during a competition,' " said Trotter, who now lives in Orlando. "I started doing it in 2009 right after my knee surgery. It was something to keep me inspired, keep me motivated and make me feel good about myself even though I wasn't running well.
"I come up with different designs every time."
Trotter also has designs on Olympic medals in the 400 and as part of the 4x400-meter relay. She ran on an injured left knee at the 2008 Beijing Games, reaching the semifinals in the 400. During warm-ups for the relay, though, she was afraid of jeopardizing her teammates' chances and withdrew.
That was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I took five minutes, cried about it and came back and I went out there and supported them. I had to put it behind me. So having another opportunity to go to London and recreate something that I didn't get to do in '08 is just a blessing.
DeeDee has always been my nickname, because it was kind of weird being 2 years old with a name like De'Hashia; it really doesn't flow well. I've been DeeDee since I was born, so I think they just came up with that on the money.
I'm the founder of Test Me I'm Clean, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating athletes and everyone about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs. We have wristbands which say "Hard Work, Honesty, Honor" on the back. A lot of professional athletes have really started to wear them in support.
The quarter (400 meters) hurts. Nobody wants to do the quarter. There's not going to be a line of people outside, saying, "Let's do the 400." It's a hard speed endurance race. And it's terrible. It really is.
I'm really excited about London, because I know that I have a lot more running in me. I'm expecting some old DeeDee Trotter-caliber races. Because I'm more mature and wiser in the sport, I definitely expect to see that person with a little extra umph behind it.
I never saw myself as a professional track runner, it was not even a dream, a goal or any type of fantasy. I always wanted to do something with the FBI or maybe get involved in forensics.
I don't know if I want to chase down criminals after chasing down these track athletes, but I thought about it and that used to be my M.O. I'll be on Cops, that one that's always out there running to get the criminals from behind the fences.
I'm like a junior Martha Stewart. I make things and I craft things and they're all really cool. I'm like the girl that every best friend wants to have at their wedding. Like if I have a best friend like DeeDee, I know she would make the invitations, make the centerpieces, and have all my stuff laid out and fly. I'm just that girl. The glitter paint kind of tells that story doesn't it?
Contributing: Karen Rosen