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."


"Fans" fat shamed Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno at the Rio Olympics.

Trolls took to Twitter to complain about Moreno's weight during the 2016 Rio Olympics, claiming her body was "the body of two gymnasts," and that she should've went on a diet beforehand.

However, Moreno placed 31st in the artistic gymnastics qualifications, which is an amazing feat for an athlete competing from a country where her sport is hugely underrepresented. Moreno also reportedly weighed 99 pounds at the time of the competition.


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.

Regardless of harsh body-shaming, Habte became a fan favorite.


Olympian gymnast Aly Raisman has also opened up about being body shamed.

Raisman revealed she was body-shamed by a TSA agent, who acted like her muscles didn't exist after a fellow female TSA agent complimented them.

"If you're a man who can't compliment a girl's muscles, you are sexist," she wrote in a later tweet. "Get over yourself. Are you kidding me? It's 2017. When will this change?"


Simone Biles has also experienced plenty of body shaming, particularly off the beam.

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Biles revealed she was body shamed by a coach in her book, "Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance."

"You know why she crashed?" Biles wrote, quoting her former coach. "Because she’s too fat—that’s why. How does she expect to compete like that?"

And when she made her professional cheerleading debut last year, Instagram trolls insisted she had "no neck" and a "box shape."


Gabby Douglas was judged because of her hair.

Trolls attacked Douglas for not having hair that's "done enough." She was also critiqued for her use of hair gel and how her ponytail had flyaways.

According to an interview with Fashionista, Douglas didn't seem fazed by the comments about her hair:

”Really?!" she said. "I won two gold medals and made history and my hair is trending?”


Weightlifter Sarah Robles experienced transphobia... despite not being trans.

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Robles, who was called "the strongest person in America" and became the first weightlifter in 16 years to bring USA back a gold medal in the sport, revealed she was called "an it," a "he/she" and more.

"I don't really get what gender has to do with a lot of things in my posts anyway but, that's besides the point," she wrote on Instagram. "I've competed against a trans athlete and I have a couple of trans friends myself. I've been told that the 'GOLDEN RULE' isn't necessarily to treat others the way you want to be treated but, instead, 'to treat others the way they want to be treated.' That's how I live my life in regards to how I interact with other people even if their beliefs or behaviors differ from my own. Human beings, regardless of how they feel on the inside or look on the outside, should be treated with kindness and respect."


Michelle Carter was critiqued for not looking like "the average Olympian."

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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."


Amanda Bingson's nude photo shoot with ESPN caused a flurry of body-shaming comments.

Bingson, a track and field hammer thrower, was named one of ESPN's "Bodies We Want" in 2015. Her photos angered body-shaming trolls, who couldn't wrap their minds around an athlete with her body.

"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," she told ESPN. So you just grow a thick skin. Like I said, I'll still whip your ass if we ever got into a fight."