These 7 athletic females
shared openly and honestly how they have learned to love their bodies. It's not always an easy road, as any woman can attest to. So how did these ladies become brave enough to be body confident and bare their nude figures for ESPN Magazine's Body Issue
"My big arms, my bigger hands, these long legs — I love being different. If everybody was the same, it'd be a boring-ass world." - basketball star Brittany Griner, 24
"My back muscles are beautiful! Archery has helped sculpt my upper body. I'm in great shape and really happy about that, very satisfied. I put up slow-motion videos that focus on my back and on my shoulders, and when I watch them I think, "Damn, I look good!" - archer Khatuna Lorig, 41
"It's not like I woke up one day and I had a really athletic body and ripped-up abs. I was lucky that I was naturally gifted with an athletic body, but I also put a lot of work into it. I don't stay home and do abs all day long; it just comes with running and all the things I do to stay in shape. I use my body every day for my job. We constantly put our bodies through pain. I'm not afraid to show that off." - field hockey star Paige Selenski, 25
"I was built like a little powerhouse. When I was transferring from gymnastics to wakeboarding, I was a little self-conscious. There's not a huge difference going from a leotard to a bathing suit, but you'd see these beautiful girls in bikinis, and I'm only 13 or 14 years old with this buff little body. I grew into being really proud of it, knowing that that's what has enabled me to do what I do." wakeboarder Dallas Friday, 28
"I think imperfection is beauty. Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I've learned to love them." gymnast Aly Raisman, 21
"In college, girls would come up to me: "I want your calves." It just makes me laugh. I guess people pay a lot of money to have the types of bodies athletes have." soccer star Ali Krieger, 30
"I think it's important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes ... I'll be honest, I like everything about my body." hammer thrower Amanda Bingson, 25
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