Aly Raisman: ESPN Body Issue Features Nude Aly Raisman, Gymnast Talks 2016 Olympics

Aly Raisman is featured in the 2015 ESPN Body Issue, and is completely nude in her photos (which is what the Body Issue is all about).

According to Sport Act, the Olympic gold medalist not only bared her all on the inside pages of the magazine, but also talked about her career as a gymnast, and the solid possibility that she might compete in the 2016 Olympic Games — if she makes the U.S. team, that is.

At 21, Raisman has aspirations to be a part of Team USA in 2016, but she also knows that it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, something that she’s willing to do. Raisman talked about the challenges that she has faced in her ESPN interview.

“You work your whole life for a minute-and-a-half beam routine. I work out six days, 32 hours a week for the dream of competing at the Olympics again. Everything that I put into my body is for the purpose of gymnastics. Every day is a challenge. Even though at the 2012 Olympics we were so happy to win the gold medal, every day is not like that. I think people don’t understand that; people don’t see that side of the sport — the frustration, how much it takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well.”

Aly Raisman told ESPN’s Body Issue that she has more knowledge about her body, and about her recovery, and while she would be the oldest U.S. gymnast, she’s ready to take on the challenge.

“If I make the team, I’ll be the oldest U.S. gymnast. My body is a little bit more achy than it was before, but at the same time I feel like I’m smarter now and able to understand the recovery process. I’m not sure training seven hours a day is completely healthy. That’s why gymnastics is a young girl’s sport. But I should be fine.”

According to the New York Daily News, Raisman has grown up quite a bit over the past couple of years. She has a very strong outlook on life, and has a great take on body image.

“I think imperfection is beauty. Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them. I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am.”

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Raisman has had a lot of success post-Olympics, signing various endorsement deals, and participating in different events in her hometown (Needham, Mass.), and in the city of Boston.

Aly Raisman’s photos in the ESPN Body Issue hit newsstands July 10.

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