No one is deserving of being shamed for their bodies, but attacking an Olympian — literally one of the strongest, most athletic people in the world — seems borderline sacrilegious.
However, many Olympians (both male and female) have experience with being body shamed both on and off the arena. And with the 2018 Winter Olympics coming up just next month, we're hoping there will never be another name added to this list.
Swimmer Leisel Jones was literally fat shamed on the front page of a newspaper.
The former Olympic gold medalist was put on the front page of the Herald Sun, where the paper asked if she was "ready" to fit into her swimsuit due to weight gain.
"To be called fat by a male journalist was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with," Jones told Daily Mail. "And to question yourself as an athlete and your self worth and if you're good enough to be there was probably one of the hardest things."
A "non-athletic" Ethiopian swimmer was also dragged at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
While Robel Kiros Habte wasn't exactly a FAST swimmer (he finished dead last in the men's 100-meter freestyle during the Rio Olympics), publications used his loss as an excuse to attack his body, too. Despite qualifying for the Olympics (a MAJOR athletic feat), his body wasn't athletic or strong enough in their eyes.
Michelle Carter was critiqued for not looking like "the average Olympian."
Carter, a gold medalist shot putter, opened up about people expecting her to "look like a man."
"I've been a bigger girl all my life," she told Redbook Magazine. "So if you're not one of the folks who expects all athletes to look like linebackers, you might be someone who assumes that all athletes come equipped with a six-pack and visible muscles everywhere. Sure, that works. But my body works too."
Kara Winger was body-shamed by an ex-boyfriend.
Winger recalled an ex-boyfriend who broke up with her because he "wasn't into girls that were bigger than [her]."
"I used to spend time wishing my limbs were skinnier or I had a firmer behind," Winger told Indy Star. "But in the past few years, I’ve really honed in on how good my body feels when I’m in great competition shape."