One question for you: What makes you an athlete?
Think about it.
What defines you as a dedicated and strong-hearted competitor? Is it the 20-plus hours every week you spend practicing outside your school? Your "I'm-gonna-dive-for-that-ball-no-matter-what" attitude? The way your legs are two different colors from the weekend tournament? Or how about that locker room smell that trails you from every practice to the dinner table?
You're probably responding 'Yes' to all of these, and the good thing is…you are not alone! 3.2 million girls across the United States play high school sports and share these unique athlete tendencies, attitudes and, yes, even funky smells.
This week we asked our 55,000 Facebook fans that exact question: What makes you an athlete? Turns out, some of the best parts about calling yourself an athlete happen both on and off the field. Here are 20 fantastic favorites we picked. How many can you totally relate to?
Swing by our ESPNHS Girl Facebook page after each practice and keep sharing your thoughts, questions, and ideas for a chance to be in the spotlight for our next question!
ESPNHS GIRL: "You know you're an athlete when...."
... your tan lines could give a zebra a run for its money. -- Tabitha Parker
...you don't complain about having to go to practice, but complain when it is canceled. -- Chloe Nolan
...you don't just wish for it to happen, you make it happen. -- Corinna Mendez
...your arms are bigger than half the guys in the school. -- Jaelyn Brooke Monhollon
...someone tells you 'you can't,’ you don't give up. You keep trying until you prove them wrong! -- Molly Goranson
...you get extremely competitive in PE class. -- Emily Ball
...the words "give up" and "quit" are not in your vocabulary. -- Lydia Christine
...you have nightmares about the words “On The Line!" -- Kayla Ewing
...no matter how much pain you’re in you continue playing because you love the game that much and can't stand sitting out anymore. -- Kayleigh Keggan
...you compare bruise colors instead of nail polish color. -- Terez Marie
...you want to play a one-on-one basketball game with your husband on your wedding night instead of your first dance. -- Bonnie Marie Reinsch
...your friends ask if you have practice before asking to hang out. Or they just don't invite you because they expect you to be playing your sport. -- Alicia Blackham
...the power is out at your school and you have practice with a generator. -- Kenzie Whalen
... all the T-shirts you wear are from tournaments and your team shirts." -- De Watts
...you play your sport because it clears your mind of all problems. -- Hannah Bland
...your kitchen cabinet has more water bottles than drinking glasses. -- Indiah Porter
...you leave for school at 6:30 a.m. and don't come home until 8:30 p.m. -- Morgan Frazier
...practice is canceled and you feel lost. -- Kristiana Danielle Drummer
...you wear more athletic clothes to school than nice ones. -- Jenn Castro
...your coach doesn't want you to practice because she wants your shin splints to heal and you respond, "Im all set, I took an ibuprofen!" -- Makayla Pydych
*all responses were collected from ESPNHS GIRL Facebook Page (Facebook.com/ESPNHSgirl) on Nov. 2, 2011.