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.
01 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.”
02 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.”
03 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.
04 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.