The three-time gold medalist was nominated for Female Olympic Athlete of the Year on Wednesday at the 2017 Team USA Awards show in Los Angeles and to protect a recent injury, Maroulis opted for a colorful cast to match her sheer, sparkly, blue mini dress.
Maroulis posted photos of the wearable art on Instagram, where she disclosed that the paint job took seven hours to complete. “I didn’t choose the cast life, the cast life chose me. But I am choosing to cast my cares on the Lord,” Maroulis wrote on the post with more than 7K likes.
Maroulis did not take home the award for Athlete of the Year Wednesday, however, the 26-year-old achieving her third consecutive gold medal in August.
A year ago, she detailed her grueling training regime to Vogue, which included eating the same meal five times a day, every three hours.
“Every time I’m cutting weight, all I fantasize, and I swear by it, I swear that I’m going to drink lemonade slushie, take a bath in lemonade slushie,” Maroulis told the publication. “Like it’s….I don’t know why. A normal day of eating for me, boneless skinless chicken breast, a handful of spinach, no dressing, nothing on it, half an avocado, sometimes a spoonful of peanut butter.”
She continued, “The next two-three hours have that same thing again: chicken, spinach, avocado. Next two to three hours, chicken, spinach, avocado. That’s the meal, five times a day….I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.”
— Helen Maroulis (@helen_maroulis) November 10, 2017
In November 2016, Maroulis, who did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, wrote a raw essay for Sports Illustrated in part, about the challenges of a female wrestler. “Being around boys all of the time, I found myself trying to adopt their mentality,” she wrote. “Don’t show emotion. Push through. Don’t expose weakness. I was studying men who won gold medals in wrestling. I tried to mimic their mental game. I couldn’t do it. I tried, but I just couldn’t.”
Maroulis added, “There’s a stigma that only tough girls wrestle. There’s a stigma that only fearless people win. Yet here I stand in front of you. In front of our country. In front of the world − distinguished by my gold − and by the overwhelming feeling that all of my fears and all of my anxieties in that moment rolled down my body with every tiny bead of sweat, one by one.”
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