“You might be prettier and skinnier than me, but I’ll kick your ass in a game of one-on-one.”
Amanda Bingson has a refreshing outlook when it comes to her body.
The USA Track & Field hammer thrower is featured in the 2015 ESPN Body Issue and what she has to say will have you reassessing your own relationship with your body.
From her frank and honest assessment of her body to dealing with other people’s perceptions, here are our favourite quotes from the ESPN interview.
I first learned the word “fat” when I was in middle school.
I never knew that I was the fat kid in school until a boy told me that I was too fat. I thought, “What does that mean?” I had always been so athletic and into sports; I didn’t think I was that fat. 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. So you just grow a thick skin. Like I said, I’ll still whip your ass if we ever got into a fight.
I’ll be honest, I like everything about my body.
And I think it’s because I moved from Las Vegas to Texas. In Vegas, I was bombarded with all of these “double zeros” and Abercrombie models, these little people coming in for shows. I never wanted to be a part of that, ever. And when I moved to Texas, everyone here is just so open about their bodies. I see these big girls in these tiny little bathing suits and I’m looking at them like, “Man, these girls are so confident!” Now I just think, “I’m just going to throw far because I’m confident with myself and I don’t have to worry about what I look like anymore.”
Whatever your body type is, just use it.
There are definitely things that I can do that skinnier people can’t do. But then there are things that skinnier people do that I’ll never be able to do, like run a marathon. There’s just no way that will ever happen.
Dense would be the right word for me.
Generally when you look at athletes, you see their muscles and all that stuff; I don’t have any of that. My arm is just my arm — it’s not cut, it’s not sculpted. I don’t have traps bulging out to my ears; I have a neck. I don’t have a six-pack. My legs are a little toned, but they aren’t bulging out. I’m just dense. I think it’s important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes.
And if you needed proof of what Amanda says, check out these photos of other athletes – of all shapes and sizes, that are being featured by the mag…