In an interview with ESPN, USA track and field athlete Amanda Bingson said, “I like everything about my body” and she hopes that her nude photo on the cover of ESPN’s 2015 Body Issue will inspire confidence other women.
The 5-foot-5, 210-pound hammer thrower competed in the 2012 Olympic games in London and the 2013 World Championships in Russia.
As a young athlete, Bingston said she was always “the tallest and biggest girl all the way through high school,” weighing 175 through middle school and high school. Now, she said her weight often fluctuates between 210 and 215.
Still, she never let her weight affect her self esteem.
Bingson said, “I love myself” and proclaimed, “I’ll still whip your ass if we ever got into a fight.”
Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, WNBA Player Brittney Griner, gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman and LPGA golfer Sadena Parks are some of the other women featured in this year’s body issue.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports