Alysia Montaño, an Olympic runner who also happens to be five months pregnant, competed this week in the Track and Field Nationals. It was a repeat performance by Montaño; in 2014, she participated in the same competition while eight months pregnant. While we don’t need to be continuously shocked that women are able perform physically demanding tasks during pregnancy, we can certainly tip our hats to a powerful, determined athlete.
During the race, Montaño wore two flowers in her hair and a Wonder Woman crop top — a deliberate choice, since Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot inspired Montaño to participate.
“When I found out [Gadot] filmed half the movie five months pregnant, I said, ‘I for sure am signing up for USA nationals,’” Montaño said in an interview with Team USA.
“I don’t define myself as a runner,” Montano added. “I really define myself as a fighter for good. And I see that playing true in running.”