The Elephant Journal published the following poem by Jennifer Kimble after being inspired by Lindsey Vonn, introducing it with a nod to all amateur athletes:
For Lindsey and so many other female athletes, their beauty blooms from struggle. Broken bones, blown out knees, and severed tendons leave scars of accomplishment as they fearlessly get back on that mountain, back on their bikes, or back in the water time and time again.
It’s noon and she still has raccoon eyes….
not the typical “day after” makeup,
but residual rings from her sunrise swim.
Her hair, always in a messy bun, will have to do—
for she would rather run an extra 30 minutes than spend the time with a straightening iron.
Her curves are in her biceps and calves instead of her chest,
and veins pop in her forearms at the mere mention of the gym.
Perpetually cold and hungry, she always wants more.
Wrinkles surround her sun-kissed smile.
Instead of spending money on fake eyelashes, she gets a tune up for her bike;
and her Cover Girl is sunscreen.
Her tan lines look ridiculous in frilly dresses; but who cares, she prefers Lycra anyway.
She has muscles down to her toes where black nail polish covers bruised toenails,
and chaffing in places she’d rather not mention.
But oh, the sparkle in her eyes
And desire in her heart.
The passion that permeates her being!
She is strong and confident,
and damn—she is beautiful.