DALIAN, China (AP) -- DeeDee Trotter is a loyal customer at her nail shop in Knoxville, Tenn. Last time she went, though, she told them "the usual'' wasn't going to cut it.
The result wasn't too surprising: Red, white and blue nails, done up especially for the Olympics.
"He went right to the internet and he says, 'Wadda you think about this?''' the 2007 U.S. 400-meter champion said, as she held up her hands to show off the new look. "And I'm like, 'Let's do this!' He comes up with these awesome nails and I'm like, 'Hello!'''
Although the nails were fun, Trotter's knee has been a more serious issue this summer. Shortly before last month's Olympic trials, a car door slammed up against her leg and caused a bone chip around her knee. She'll need surgery when the games are over.
In consecutive races after the injury, she barely broke 54 seconds, about two seconds too slow to be competitive. But she recovered well enough to place third at trials and earn the final spot in the Olympics.
"Placing third meant more to me than winning the year before because of what I had to overcome,'' Trotter said.
Back to the fun stuff, Trotter said she hits the megastore four or five times before she goes on a big trip like this. One of her must-bring items: The latest season of "SpongeBob SquarePants'' on DVD.
"He calms my nerves before the race,'' Trotter said. "For some reason, his antics and silliness is something I really cherish when I'm getting ready.''