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Olympic Track Athletes Share Why They’re ‘Uncool’

Even Olympic track stars have insecurities.

Even Olympic track stars have insecurities. 

A new online movement called We Are All Uncool has inspired Team USA athletes, including four-time Olympic track gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross and Olympic hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones, to share their deepest insecurities that society deems as “uncool.” Nicole Alvarez, a Los Angeles DJ for rock station KROQ and sister of Olympic short track speedskater Eddy Alvarez, and photographer Tamar Levine started the movement as a way to celebrate other people’s differences by having people post a photo of themselves on Twitter or Instagram while holding a sign that says “I am not cool,” and listing three things that make them unique.

The goal is to “stop apologizing for who we are,” and  “stop living in fear of what others might think,” according to the We Are All Uncool website.

Along with Richards-Ross and Jones, six other American Olympians have shared their three “uncool” qualities curated on the Team USA website.

Last week, USATF shared Richards-Ross and Jones “uncool” posts on Twitter.

 

What did these two talented track athletes have to say about their “uncool” characteristics according to the Team USA website? Turns out they’re only human, just like everyone else.

Sanya Richards-Ross: 

1. I used to be extremely insecure about my accent. When I first moved to the United States from Jamaica I was very bashful to speak in front of people because I sounded different than all the other kids.

2. One of my biggest insecurities is my big, bony kneecaps.

3. I’ve become really insecure about my skin after having lesions from my skin disease. The disease left me with a lot of scars on my arms, and I always like to wear long sleeves.

Lolo Jones: 

1. I can easily squat over 200 pounds but I still do not have a big butt.

2. I wear the same bra size as my 12-year-old niece.

3. I do not have an Olympic medal.