20 Athletes Reveal Their Powerful Bodies And Open Up About Their Insecurities

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Every year, ESPN The Magazine celebrates some of the most stunning bodies of athletes of every shape and size in their Body Issue. We can’t help but admire the beauty and the body-positive quotes from the athletes photographed in 2015.

“There were a lot of girls around me growing up that suffered full-blown eating disorders, or just the body dysmorphia that every girl feels — especially every girl in a swimsuit,” said Natalie Coughlin, an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. “There were times when I wasn’t happy with my body, but I always knew that I was really fit and that it was what allowed me to be successful in the pool.”

We’ve collected our favorite athletes in the list below. Scroll down and have a look for yourself!

#1. Amanda Bingson, hammer thrower, American record holder

“Whatever your body type is, just use it. There are definitely things that I can do that skinnier people can’t do. But then there are things that skinnier people do that I’ll never be able to do, like run a marathon. There’s just no way that will ever happen.”

#2. Chantae McMillan, heptathlete, USA track & field

“I don’t look in the mirror and think ‘slim’; I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Whoa, beast!”

#3. Kevin Love, NBA power forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

“Coming out of college, I was doughy. But I’ve always looked at it as an advantage on the court. I was using my weight and learning to get my touch and my footwork. It’s cool to see where my body has come over the years.”


#4. Natalie Coughlin, swimmer, 12-time Olympic medalist

“There were a lot of girls around me growing up that suffered full-blown eating disorders, or just the body dysmorphia that every girl feels — especially every girl in a swimsuit. There were times when I wasn’t happy with my body, but I always knew that I was really fit and that it was what allowed me to be successful in the pool”

#5. Leticia Bufoni, skateboarding

“Not a lot of girls skate street. Skating stairs and rails, it hurts a lot. Also, in street skating, we don’t wear any protection. I think it’s even scarier if you’re wearing a helmet and knee pads because that would hold you back. I am afraid of getting hurt, but I love skating street so much that I go for it, you know?”

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