Olympian Raises the Bar for Plus-Sized Women
In this week’s issue of TIME, we profile Sarah Robles, the top-ranked female Olympic weightlifter in the U.S. (The story is available on newsstands June 1, and to TIME subscribers here). As we write in the piece, Robles, who is 5 ft. 10 in. and weighs 275 pounds, “is chasing much more than a medal in London. She’s on a mission to change how people perceive larger women – and how larger women and girls perceive themselves.”
When we think of Olympic bodies, we tend to picture ripped runners, or a swimmer with a six-pack. Robles doesn’t fit that mold. But the Olympic stage is a chance for her to show young women that in some sports, size can be an advantage. Growing up, Robles was always the biggest kid in the class, and often bigger than her teachers. She was bullied: kids hit her and mooed at her. But by high school, she had found an athletic outlet, and finally felt acceptance.
For girls, breaking stereotypes is more difficult. We’re accustomed to seeing bulky guys playing football. Robles knows she should shed pounds once her competitive career is over, so she can avoid long-term health risks. But for now, she’s loving lifting. “The lifts are so rhythmic, the movements so purposeful,” Robles says. “I like the way it makes my body look and feel. I’m healthy on the inside now.”
Jul 13, 2012 / 456 notes

Olympian Raises the Bar for Plus-Sized Women

In this week’s issue of TIME, we profile Sarah Robles, the top-ranked female Olympic weightlifter in the U.S. (The story is available on newsstands June 1, and to TIME subscribers here). As we write in the piece, Robles, who is 5 ft. 10 in. and weighs 275 pounds, “is chasing much more than a medal in London. She’s on a mission to change how people perceive larger women – and how larger women and girls perceive themselves.”

When we think of Olympic bodies, we tend to picture ripped runners, or a swimmer with a six-pack. Robles doesn’t fit that mold. But the Olympic stage is a chance for her to show young women that in some sports, size can be an advantage. Growing up, Robles was always the biggest kid in the class, and often bigger than her teachers. She was bullied: kids hit her and mooed at her. But by high school, she had found an athletic outlet, and finally felt acceptance.

For girls, breaking stereotypes is more difficult. We’re accustomed to seeing bulky guys playing football. Robles knows she should shed pounds once her competitive career is over, so she can avoid long-term health risks. But for now, she’s loving lifting. “The lifts are so rhythmic, the movements so purposeful,” Robles says. “I like the way it makes my body look and feel. I’m healthy on the inside now.”

  1. adragonformotivation reblogged this from hipsandcurves
  2. lovelyonesandvaster reblogged this from hipsandcurves
  3. starryskyandyou reblogged this from hipsandcurves
  4. eatsleepmoveyourbody reblogged this from hipsandcurves
  5. lizalifts reblogged this from fatchickswhoexercise
  6. gracefulatfalling reblogged this from fatchickswhoexercise
  7. fatchickswhoexercise reblogged this from heyfatchick
  8. jestershark reblogged this from heyfatchick
  9. minustheskinny reblogged this from hipsandcurves
  10. iwanttobedeadwithmyfriends reblogged this from hipsandcurves
  11. antumbral reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  12. fresheyedexplorer reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  13. missroseangel reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  14. healthyhappyfitness reblogged this from healthinessishappiness
  15. healthinessishappiness reblogged this from recoverykitty
  16. primarybliss reblogged this from loveyourchaos
  17. arretandstare reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  18. ilovefat reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  19. power-squirrel reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  20. donottouchmychicken reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  21. redonkbadonk reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  22. salainen reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage
  23. nephilimdread reblogged this from redefiningbodyimage