Alysia Montaño (née Johnson) (born April 23, 1986) is an American middle distance
runner. She is a six-time USA Outdoor champion 2007 (1:59.47), 2010 (1:59.87), 2011
(1:58.33); 2012 (1:59.08); 2013 (1:58.67); 2015 (1:59.15). She perhaps gained more notoriety
for the 2014 race that she did not win. In fact, she finished dead last in the field, running
2:32.13 while 8 months pregnant. She has represented the United States at numerous
international championships including the 2012 Olympics. She distinguishes herself by wearing
a flower in her hair while running, a personal affectation
she adopted to assert her femininity while training with men.
On the international level she has exhibited a bold, front running
style, challenging other runners to keep up with her.
At the 2012 Olympics, Montaño finished in fifth place. In November
2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended two Russian
women who finished in first and third be given lifetime bans for
their doping violations at the Olympics. The International Olympic
Committee has not yet issued any disqualifications. If the IOC does
disqualify the two athletes and advances the other finishers,
Montaño could be awarded the bronze medal.