I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really watch the Olympics, unless it’s the swimming or gymnastics. But I recently saw on Twitter where people were calling Zoe Smith fat. She’s a weightlifter, she’s not going to be tiny. People were saying she looked “lesbian” and like a “dyke.” So she told them that she doesn’t “lift weights in order to look hot” and that “any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.” You go, Zoe.
My point here is that these women train and are in better shape than the public who are calling them fat.
Rebecca Adlington said that she’s staying off of Twitter until after the Olympics because of all the comments about her appearance. She’s a swimmer who has won two bronze metals in London. Jessica Ennis and Liesel Jones have also been criticized for their looks.
I’m sure you all remember Hollie Avil from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She quit sports for her health after the nonoccurrence of an eating disorder that developed after a coach called her fat.
Let’s be supportive of our athletes, not tear them down because of how you think they look. Being fit is more important than being “skinny.”