An eBay user with the username "wu_wei_dragon" is selling Carano's freshman and sophomore yearbooks from Trinity Christian for $385 apiece. The items come complete with 33 photos of the fitness model as a 15- and 16-year-old, including one freshman photo with the word "prep" scrawled across it.
For the unitiated, Urban Dictionary writes, "Prep has become nearly synonymous with conformist, to the point where most preps have been in denial of their typecast, and it is seen as an insult in the eyes of many." If you've ever seen Carano fight -- especially in her last bout, an Aug. 15, 2009 women's middleweight championship loss to Christine "Cyborg" Santos -- you may disagree with that sentiment.
Before she ever entered the cage in anger, Carano was reportedly a volleyball, basketball and softball player at Trinity Christian, leading the Thunder's hoops squad to a state title as a senior in 2000.
"I credit my grandfather for teaching me how to be aggressive in sports, and how to be tough," Carano, who played point guard, told the Las Vegas Sun in 2007. "He coached my high school basketball team at Trinity Christian to a state championship and gave us a great work ethic."
Carano's father Glenn was the backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1978-83, and her grandfather Jack Cason is a member of the UNLV Sports Hall of Fame. Even they had to be as surprised as whoever scrawled "prep" across her yearbook photo that Gina went on to fight in the first sanctioned women's MMA event, star as Crush on "American Gladiators" and appear in a Steven Soderberg film.
This week, Carano declared she was "very open" to returning to mixed martial arts. Maybe she can even use this "prep" label as motivation to take on Ronda Rousey in a UFC championship fight.
(h/t Big Lead)