"Being a plus-size athlete, for some people, is a complete oxymoron," Roz "The Diva" Mays told BuzzFeed's Nora Whelan.
Seven plus-size athletes recently spoke with BuzzFeed about their bodies, their athletic accomplishments, and how sports have changed their lives — rather than their bodies.
"I want people to know that pole dancing is for everybody," Roz "The Diva" Mays told Whelan. "I have taught people of every age, every gender, and sexual orientation, and I’m incredibly proud of that."
Roz “The Diva” Mays, personal trainer and pole dancer
"I’m really proud of how hard I work on a consistent basis. I love the physical and mental strength required as a powerlifter, and the success I’ve had is a direct result of the work I’ve put in."
Rachel Denis, powerlifter
"People have doubted my athleticism, but I live for the look on their faces when they see how fast or good I am at whatever sport. I’m not worried about being doubted anymore because I know what I’m capable of."
Kristina Rodriguez, cyclist-yogi-baby powerlifter
"I love running because it gives me the opportunity to overcome my doubts. I’m also proud of shedding light on fitness within the Ghanaian community ... and my story has helped inspire other people within the community to get active."
Olivia Frempong, Ghanaian runner
"If you look at any race, you’ll see a range of bodies: tall, short, big, small, fat, whatever. Those bodies are out there doing their thing, and even if you don’t have what’s considered a typical ‘runner’s body,’ you can do it too."
Mirna "The Mirnavator" Valerio, blogger and ultramarathoner