When even extremely fit Olympians got body-shamed by haters
Vile body-shamers did not even let Olympians go. While they are busy bringing their country medals and competing with world class champions, some people are busy checking if they are the right size
The 2018 Olympics is starting on February 9 and here's hoping they bring home tons of gold medals. What we hope doesn't happen is something that is almost blasphemous — passing judgment on these amazing athletes based on their looks. Body shaming is a trend seen all over the internet but when the bashing comes to these star sportspersons it feels beyond repulsive. Unfortunately, there have been instances where many Olympians, regardless of gender, have been body-shamed — that too when they were competing.
10. Aussie swimmer Leisal Jones faced fat shaming in the London Games, 2012
Media gossip about Leisal Jones was proof that if you don't conform to the hottie swimmer babe image, will you be fat-shamed. During the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Jones' physique was compared between years, implying that she had gotten unflattering in a swimsuit. She was left open to body-shamers to run amock. A reputed publication ran a story, on the front page no less, asking if she could fit into her bikini!
She opened up to Daily Mail about how she felt much later. "To be called fat by a male journalist was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with," she said. And to question yourself as an athlete and your self-worth and if you're good enough to be there was probably one of the hardest things. I think you sort of get a bit of a resilience, probably a thick skin out of it. Probably a little bit too thick skin. I didn't let anybody in." She's a triple gold medalist, FYI.
9. Alexa Moreno, a Mexican gymnast, was called fat during Rio 2016
Moreno was commented on by her so-called fans who thought that she was almost the size of two gymnasts. She was called names like a pig and "gorda", which stands for fat in Spanish.
She ended up in 31st place in the artistic gymnastic qualifications which was a feat, considering Mexico's gymnastic scene is quite underrepresented, reported the NY Daily News. The 22-year-old reportedly was 99 pounds at the time.
8. Ethiopian swimmer Robel Kiros Habte's loss was attributed to his weight
Robel Kiros Habte didn't win the race, but he won hearts at the Rio Olympics 2016 after he totally lost the men's 100-meter freestyle. He admitted that the length got too much for him but humbly said that he wanted to improve his skills. It was his first competition in the Olympics. "The last 50 meters was much too hard for me. I want to be famous,” he said.
7. Aly Raisman apparently was too muscly for an agent
Aly Raisman's a two-time Olympic gymnast, an author and has been the Captain of the Fierce Five. Raisman took her battle against body-shaming, especially after she posed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, to Twitter.
Not only did Raisman find the experience “rude and uncomfortable,” she says it’s indicative of a larger issue. "If you're a man who can't compliment a girl's muscles, you are sexist," she said in another tweet "Get over yourself. Are you kidding me? It's 2017. When will this change?"
6. Simone Biles was shamed by her coach
In Simone Biles' book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, she has written that she was body-shamed by her coach. "You know why she crashed?" she revealed, quoting what her former coach said about her, "Because she’s too fat—that’s why. How does she expect to compete like that?"
Biles went on to become the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist, and balance beam bronze medalist. The unkind streak continued, this time on Instagram, after she became an honorary cheerleader at the Houston Texan game last year, trolls said she had "no neck" and had a "box shape." She was also shamed for not having perfect hair.
5. Two-time gold medalist Gabby Douglas was shamed for her hair
During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gabby Douglas' hair was apparently not done enough. Sigh. They also pointed out that she put on too much hair gel and her pony just wasn't perfect. She had the best response, "Really?! I won two gold medals and made history and my hair are trending?"
4. Sarah Robles, a weightlifter, was bashed by transphobes and she wasn't even trans
Sarah Robles, who was the first weightlifter in 16 years to nab a gold for America in weightlifting, said that she was called "it," a "he/she" and more. "I don't really get what gender has to do with a lot of things in my posts anyway but, that's beside the point," she wrote on Instagram. "I've competed against a trans athlete and I have a couple of trans friends myself. I've been told that the 'GOLDEN RULE' isn't necessarily to treat others the way you want to be treated but, instead, 'to treat others the way they want to be treated.' That's how I live my life in regards to how I interact with other people even if their beliefs or behaviors differ from my own. Human beings, regardless of how they feel on the inside or look on the outside, should be treated with kindness and respect."
3. Michelle Carter was shamed for not fitting the stereotype of an average Olympian
She is a gold medalist shot putter who was told that she looked like a man. "I've been a bigger girl all my life," she told Redbook Magazine. "So if you're not one of the folks who expect all athletes to look like linebackers, you might be someone who assumes that all athletes come equipped with a six-pack and visible muscles everywhere. Sure, that works. But my body works too."
2. Cara Winger was called fat by an ex
Cara revealed that her ex broke up with her because he didn't like girls as big. "He wasn't into girls that were bigger than [her]." "I used to spend time wishing my limbs were skinnier or I had a firmer behind," Winger opened up to Indy Star. "But in the past few years, I’ve really honed in on how good my body feels when I’m in great competition shape."
1. Amanda Bingson's photoshoot made people crazy
In 2015, Amanda Bingson was listed in ESPN's Bodies We Want, and the internet lost it. A whirlwind of shaming comments followed because clearly, they couldn't handle an athlete with a little cellulite. "But everybody wants to fit that skinny, ideal picture that we see on billboards all the time, and people would always remind me that that wasn't me," she told ESPN. So you just grow a thick skin. Like I said, I'll still whip your ass if we ever got into a fight."
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