8 Fat & Plus Size Athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Now the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are over we wanted to spotlight SOME of the incredibly talented fat and plus size athletes you may have seen over the past few weeks.

Some broke records, some made history in other ways. Fat folks can be Olympians too and athletes come in many shapes and sizes.

Emily Campbell – GB – Weightlifting 

Won a silver medal this year making he the First Female Weightlifter To Win A Medal For Great Britain, and did it without any sponsorship (due to size discrimination). She said she wanted “to prove that women who look like me can have successful careers in sport.”

Alana Smith – United States – Skateboarding

Non-binary, 20 year old skateboarder for the US women’s team. Although they didn’t win a medal they later stated “for the first time in my entire life, I’m proud of the person I’ve worked to become.”

Raven Saunders – United States – Shot put

Won a silver medal wearing an epic mask and twerking in celebration. Held her arms up in an X shape over her head on the podium and later explained it as ‘the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.’ IThe IOC launched a probe into this as “protests” aren’t allowed on the podium but have since suspended it due to her mother’s death.

Gong Lijiao – China – Shot Put

Gong beat her personal record clinching her first Olympic gold medal which is also the first gold for China in field events in Tokyo. 

Laurel Hubbard – NZ – Weightlifting

Laurel made history by being the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympic games. “All I’ve ever wanted to be is myself,” she said after going home not registering any lifts, “I’m just so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to come here and be me.”
but have since suspended it due to her mother’s death.

Deanna Price – US – Hammer Throw

Came 8th this year but in the trials she became the second woman to ever throw over 80 meters. Speaking on the reasons behind why she competes she said one of them is “to impact female athletes and let them know that you can be any shape and size and still be strong and beautiful.”

Lasha Talakhadze – United States – Weightlifting

Broke the men’s world record and won a gold medal this year!

but have since suspended it due to her mother’s death.

Sarah Robles – United States – Weightlifting

“Won Bronze this year! She said “I suppose people on the street might see me and think I’m one of the 60 per cent of Americans who are overweight or obese, or whatever,” said Robles, now 32 and a two-time Olympic medallist after winning bronze in the +87kg event here in Japan. “But they have no idea about my athletic prowess.”

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