Amanda Bingson, USA Track & Field hammer thrower, recently went nude for the ESPN Body Issue and talked about breaking stereotypes on how people, especially athletes, should look. Most people’s perspective of an athlete are fit, cut, lean people, but Bingson is saying that is not the case. Bingson is 25-years-old, 5’5″, and weighs in at 210 pounds, but by looking at her, that thought wouldn’t cross your mind. With a strong upper body, bulging shoulders, and a strong core, Amanda Bingson is anything but fat.
Amanda Bingson told ESPN that she would consider herself dense. She said that her arms are just her arms, they aren’t sculpted or cut, her traps aren’t bulging, she doesn’t have a six-pack, her legs are a little toned. She said it’s important to show that all athletes come in all shapes and sizes.
In 2013, Bingson broke the female American record and threw 75.73 meters (248 feet). The hammer is around 8.8 pounds, and the athlete will spin around three or four times before releasing the hammer and seeing how far it will travel.
Bingson continued to talk to ESPN about being body positive by saying as follows.
“I’ll be honest, I like everything about my body. You might be prettier and skinnier than me, but I’ll kick your [butt] in a game of one-on-one.”
On her Facebook, Amanda Bingson talked about her issues with being called fat and body image.
“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 [butt] if we ever got into a fight.”
Bingson went on to say whatever your body type is, you just have to embrace it. She said that there are things she can do that skinnier people cannot and vice versa — it is the way that people are made.
Amanda Bingson will be competing in the 2016 Beijing Olympics, and said if she medals in the upcoming Olympics, she will be chugging a beer. Bingson said that she will go up on the podium, go “stone cold Steve Austin on it,” and have everyone thinking she is a “trashy American,” which doesn’t matter to Bingson because she will still be No. 1.
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