Many of us will be using the London Olympics athletes as motivation to get to crunchin' at the gym, so why not use them as inspiration for one more thing. Here are some of my favorite workout hairstyles I've seen in the games so far.
1) The Golden Girl
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The ponytail braid worn by two-time defending Olympics beach volleyball champs Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor is the one I've stolen. Not only is it quick and easy to do, it keeps your entire mane in one bunch so it doesn't stick to your neck as you sweat. And you better sweat.
2) The Gymnast
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The American women gymnasts, like our country's newest sweetheart Gabby Douglas, have been sporting this almost-a-bun-almost-a-ponytail look. Their long hair hangs noticeably out the bottom. It gives the volume of a bun but stays put like a pony. Once again, keeping the hair away from sweat is key.
3) The Diva
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I say diva lovingly. How endearing was Sanya Richards-Ross during last night's 400-meter final? She had on Coco Chanel earrings, bright red Nike elbow warmers and a braided half-up hairdo. Hell yes, you can be a pretty athlete (what's up, Flo Jo). Really, though, considering all that sweating I've been encouraging, this look only works when you're doing a few sprints and winning a gold medal.
4) The Rebel
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Judo competitor and silver medalist Alina Dumitru of Romania, yes, looks like a baby on steroids with her bangs in pigtails, but any lady with a similar coif can appreciate a good way to keep their bangs out of their eyes when they see one. Plus, no one's going to be laughing at you if you have a righteous judo chop.