Via Broadsheet, check out this NYT slideshow of several Olympian athletes. As Catherine Price of Broadsheet says, “it’s nice to see proof that being strong takes all kinds.” This version is almost like an Olympic addendum to the BMI slideshow, though we’ll have to do the calculating ourselves. I love the picture of Cheryl Haworth, a weight lifter who happens to weigh 300 pounds. I also dig this quote from track star Shawn Crawford:
When I lift, my chest and arms develop quickly and are easy to get stronger and bigger. I have really small lower legs — and no matter what I do, they get stronger, but not bigger.
Next time you feel inclined to beating yourself up because some exercise you do that makes you feel happy and energized didn’t also skinnify your thighs or what have you, remember that quote. Even one of the fastest dudes in the world can’t change the shape of his legs through Olympic training. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, even the strongest ones.